Audrey Bennett is a professor at the Stamps School of Art and Design. She is a graphic design scholar who studies cross-cultural and trans-disciplinary design that make use of images that permeate global culture and impact the way we think and behave. She received her BA in studio art at Dartmouth College and her MFA in Graphic Design at Yale University.
Audrey's research contributes a hypothesis called interactive aesthetics that aims to democratize control of images in society. Interactive aesthetics explains the use of technology to place designers in virtual collaboration with lay users, where technology makes it easier for remote participants in various stages of the design process to work together. Bennett currently conducts fieldwork globally to investigate the use of interactive aesthetics to affect social change. Her interactive aesthetics research agenda includes two primary strands of inquiry. First, Bennett studies the use of IA in the prevention of new HIV infections in Kenya and Ghana (funded by the National Science Foundation). Second, she investigates the use of interactive aesthetics towards ethnically and intellectually diversifying STEM education, particularly computer science, with indigenous art curricula (funded by the National Science Foundation and Google).
Bennett, Audrey. Engendering Interaction with Images. Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM: Intellect (University of Chicago Press) 2012. Print.
Bennett, Audrey, Fatima Cassim, Marguerite Botha. “How Design Can Use Generative Play to Innovate for Social Change: A Case Study on the Design of South African Children’s Health Education Toolkits”. International Journal of Design, 11.2(2017). 57-72.
Eglash, Ron, Audrey Benett, John Drazan, Michael Lachney, William Babbitt. “A mathematical tool kit for generative justice”. ETD-Educação Temática Digital, 19.3(2017). 761-785.
Bennett, Audrey. “Ethnocomputational creativity in STEAM education: A cultural framework for generative justice”. Teknocultura, Journal of Digital Culture and Social Movements, 13.2(2016). 587-612.
Lachney, Michael, Audrey Bennett, Jorge Appiah, Ron Eglash. “Modeling in Ethnocomputing: Replacing Bi-directional Flows with Recursive Emergence”. International Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 6.1(2016): 219-243.