cv & bio

Elsewhere on this site: selected articles. Work samples and references available upon request.


Academic CV is here. Professionally-oriented resume available upon request.


Molly Wright Steenson is an associate professor in the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. She researches the history of design, architecture, computation and artificial intelligence from the 1950s to the present, and is completing a book titled Architectures of Interactivity that explores these linkages, with a focus on the practices of Nicholas Negroponte, Cedric Price, Christopher Alexander, and Richard Saul Wurman. 

From 2013–15, Molly was an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she taught data visualization, digital studies, and communications courses, and led Mellon-funded research projects in the digital humanities. She was a professor at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Ivrea, Italy, where she led the Connected Communities research group, and an adjunct professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in the Media Design Practices Program.

Molly began working with the Web in 1995 at a wide variety of companies including Reuters, Scient, Netscape, and Razorfish. She cofounded Maxi, an award-winning women’s webzine, in the 90s. As a design researcher, she examines the effect of personal technology on its users, including projects in India and China for Microsoft Research and ReD Associates/Intel Research.

Molly holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Architecture from Princeton, a Master’s in Environmental Design (history-theory) from the Yale School of Architecture and a B.A. in German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with honors and distinction.