Jess Rauchberg currently works as the ABLE.Family Program and Grants Manager at the Pulse Lab. In this role, Jess coordinates communication between the Lab design team, researchers, and community collaborators. Jess also assists Dr. Gardner with creating connections with collaborator groups in Ontario, emphasizing disability justice perspectives in participatory based community research and critical design thinking. Jess also includes assisting Dr. Gardner and the design team with writing academic articles, conference proceedings, technical documents, and grant proposals. She previously worked as a research assistant in User-Cantered Design (2019-21).
Jess is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Arts at McMaster University. Jess’s dissertation project, tentatively titled “Crip Data Studies: Articulations of Disability, Power, and Joy in a Digital World,” brings critical/cultural, crip, and anti-colonial interventions to human-computer interaction and digital studies, with specific attention to social media algorithms, surveillance, and performances of influencer and celebrity culture. This research was partially funded by an NSERC-CREATE sMAP Trainee Fellowship. To learn more about Jess’s academic and creative work, visit her website: www.jessrauchberg.com.