Marisa Cohn, PhD

Marisa Cohn, PhD
Research Fellow
Design Methods, human-centered computing

Marisa Cohn is a visiting scholar at M-ITI within the ERA Chair Team. With a faculty position at the IT University of Copenhagen, Marisa will be collaborating with the ERA Chair team in developing new and existing projects.

Her research brings together approaches from Human Computer Interaction, Anthropology, and Science and Technology Studies for the study of sociotechnical systems. She conducts ethnographic research on software systems and computational work, focusing on the cultures and politics of design in organizations and digital societies.

Her research interests include materiality of computing, infrastructure studies, design ethnography, embodiment and temporality, software studies, and feminist and critical theory. Her current work examines the relationship between computational work and time in the case of a long-lived computational infrastructure project supporting on ongoing NASA-ESA space science mission. This project considers how people's careers are shaped by obsolescence and how they approach concerns of legacy, inheritance and survival of computational practices at the end of project life-cycles.

In Press
Cohn, M., "Convivial Decay: Entangled Lifetimes in a Geriatric Infastructure", Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work, 2016, In Press.
Vertesi, J., D. Ribes, L. Forlano, Y. Loukissas, and M. Cohn, "Engaging, Designing and Making Digital Technologies", The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, Fourth Edition: MIT Press, In Press.
Cohn, M., "Keeping Software Present: Software as a Timely Object for Digital STS", Digital STS: A Fieldguide and Handbook, Eds. J. Vertesi and D. Ribes: Eds. J. Vertesi and D. Ribes, In Press.
Cohn, M., "Why a feminist cartography of controversies? Speculative figuration as a way forward in controversy mapping", Panel on Engaging with Digital Methods, Biannual Nordic STS Meeting, University of Aalborg, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015.
Mazmanian, M., M. Cohn, and P. Dourish, "Dynamic Reconfiguration in Planetary Exploration: A Sociomaterial Ethnography", MIS Q., vol. 38, no. 3, Minneapolis, MN, USA, Society for Information Management and The Management Information Systems Research Center, pp. 831–848, 2014.
Leahu, L., M. Cohn, and W. March, "How Categories Come to Matter", Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, NY, USA, ACM, pp. 3331–3334, 2013.
Cohn, M., The Limits of Repair: Working towards Loss in a Finite Long-Lived System, : Position paper given to the Reclaiming Repair Workshop at the 2013 ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, Paris, France, 2013.
Cohn, M., The multiple temporal embodiments of systems work in a long-lived system, : Regimes of Temporality: Investigating the Plurality and Order of Times Across Histories, Cultures, Technologies, Materialities, and Media. Conference held by Kultrans Research Group, Oslo, Norway., 2013.
Cohn, M., Surface Moves: Recoding Practices ‘On the Fly, : Software, Materiality, Travel Panel at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, San Diego, CA, 2013.
Cohn, M., and Y. Fernaeus, Contribution to Critical Making Handbook, , edited and assembled by Garnet Hertz, 2012.
Cohn, M., Life on the way to code: Memory practices in human-computer translation, , New York, NY., Memory in Movement: Translating and Reimagining Social Relations through the Textual, Visual, and Tactile Panel at the 2012 Fifth Annual NSSR Memory Studies Conference: The Arts of Memory, 2012.
Tomlinson, B., J. Ross, P. Andre, E. Baumer, D. Patterson, J. Corneli, M. Mahaux, S. Nobarany, M. Lazzari, B. Penzenstadler, et al., "Massively Distributed Authorship of Academic Papers", CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, NY, USA, ACM, pp. 11–20, 2012.
Cohn, M., Computing at Cassini: Keeping Software Present, , Cleveland, OH, Remote Presence, Present Futures Panel at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, 2010.
Cohn, M., S. E. Sim, and P. Dourish, "Design Methods As Discourse on Practice", Proceedings of the 16th ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work, New York, NY, USA, ACM, pp. 45–54, 2010.
Cohn, M., T. Kerridge, A. Light, S. Lindtner, and M. Ratto, "Tracing Design(Ed) Authority in Critical Modes of Making", Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, New York, NY, USA, ACM, pp. 440–441, 2010.
Cohn, M., Designer|User Author|Reader, : A Keywords Roundtable Discussion, hosted by the Women’s Studies Department at UC Irvine. , 03/2009.
Cohn, M., Software Authorship: The role of the user, : Designation: Conversations on the design of Design Research, hosted by UCIHRI at UC Irvine, 03/2009.
Cohn, M., Reimagining Participation in Software Development: Code as Conversation and Build as Assemblage, , Washington, D.C., What is Code? What is Coding? Emerging STS Approaches to the Study of Computer Code Triple-Panel at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, 2009.
Cohn, M., S. E. Sim, and C. P. Lee, "What Counts As Software Process? Negotiating the Boundary of Software Work Through Artifacts and Conversation", Comput. Supported Coop. Work, vol. 18, no. 5-6, Norwell, MA, USA, Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 401–443, 2009.
Sim, S. E., M. Cohn, and K. Philip, "The Work of Software Development As an Assemblage of Computational Practice", Proceedings of the 2009 ICSE Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects on Software Engineering, Washington, DC, USA, IEEE Computer Society, pp. 92–95, 2009.
Cohn, M., S. Lindtner, and L. Sharma, STORYmixer, , exhibited at TELIC Arts Exchange: Games for 5 Joysticks, Los Angeles, 2006, 2006.