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 Richard  Wirth

Richard Wirth Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Program Lead of Human-Centered Interaction Design

As a previous artist and designer in the computer games industry, Richard Wirth was led to an academic career through research work developing cross-cultural training simulations for the U.S. military, sponsored by TRADOC G2 Intelligence Support Activity. After this shift away from the industry, his graduate education focused on the ways in which people use and are affected by technology, as well as the ways in which that technology is designed to meet various needs and contexts. A distinguished graduate fellow of Penn State, Richard worked on a series of research grants for assistive technologies, community needs-based design, media effects and more, culminating in teaching sociological perspectives on the information era as a doctoral candidate. Richard is now an assistant professor of information sciences at HU, teaching research methods and ways of knowing so a new generation of makers can follow the same path to knowledge generation.

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Design Theory
  • Media Convergence
  • Usability, Evaluation, and Accessibility
  • Media Effects
  • Expertise Generation
  • Virtual Ethnography


The Pennsylvania State University – Doctor of of Philosophy in Information Sciences and Technology
University Park, PA (USA).

University of Texas at Dallas – Master of Arts in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication
Richardson, TX (USA).

University of Texas at Dallas – Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication
Richardson, TX (USA).