A table in a university setting with flyers and compostable ziplock bags on top. Lydia is seated at the table and demonstrates with her hands to a student standing in front of the table. There is a banner hanging from the table made with brown paper and black text that reads, "JUST COMPOST" with green hearts cut from paper on either side.

About me

Lydia Stamato is a PhD candidate advised by Dr. Foad Hamidi in the Human-Centered Computing program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a graduate research assistant in the Designing pARticipatory futurEs lab. Lydia is currently looking for postdoc research opportunities in academia and/or industry.

I am passionate about our shared humanity and seek to understand how people utilize and design emerging technology to bring about more just and equitable futures. I use ethnographic and action research methods in a community biology laboratory (the Baltimore Underground Science Space) to explore the work of art and science in producing technology and culture, and I focus my analysis on developing inspirational and practical sociotechnical understandings of human-computer interaction (HCI). My peer-reviewed research has been published by the premier HCI venue, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) and others.

Previously, I was an English teacher at a post-secondary vocational school for people with disabilities in Guangzhou, China, after which I moved to Baltimore and studied Child and Adolescent Health and Development at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.