Hi! I am a second-year PhD student in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech, advised by Neha Kumar. I work at the Technology and Design for Empowerment (TanDEm) Lab where I study intersectional approaches to technology design in healthcare. My research draws on the fields of computing, design, global health, and feminist theory. My background is in computer engineering; I received my undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech.

You can learn more about my research, see what I am up to, read my blog, or view my CV. You can get in touch with me at azraismail at gatech dot edu :)

Current projects: Chitra (supporting last-mile community health in India), MakerGhat (a community-run non-profit makerspace in Mumbai)



I employ ethnographic and participatory methods to better understand the values and motivations of target populations. I have previously conducted participant observation, co-design, and interviews with doctors, frontline health workers, and slum residents in Delhi.

I draw extensively on feminist and postcolonial theory in human-computer interaction (HCI) and beyond. My work aspires to be sensitive towards intersections such as race, class, gender, age, physical and cognitive ability.

I am interested in using data to empower communities to organize and execute interventions relevant to them. I leverage my previous experience conducting machine learning and signal processing on sensor data and large open source datasets.

Technology for intersectional populations needs to account for differing language, digital, and health literacies. This might require new devices or interfaces. My prior work has focused on designing mobile and natural (physical) user interfaces.


Empowerment on the Margins: The Online Experiences of Community Health Workers
Azra Ismail and Neha Kumar
CHI ‘19 - Best Paper Honorable Mention

Bringing Shades of Feminism to Human-Centered Computing
Manasee Narvilkar, Josiah Mangiameli, Adriana Alvarado Garcia, Azra Ismail, Daniel Schiff, Danielle Schechter, Jordan Chen, Karthik Bhat, Marisol Wong-Villacres, Anusha Vasudeva, Aparna Ramesh, Michaelanne Dye, Naveena Karusala, Pragati Singh, Savanthi Murthy, Shubhangi Gupta, Udaya Lakshmi, and Neha Kumar
CHI (alt.chi) ‘19

Aspirations-Based Design
Neha Kumar, Marisol Wong-Villacres, Naveena Karusala, Aditya Vishwanath, Arkadeep Kumar, and Azra Ismail
ICTD ‘19

Engaging Solidarity in Data Collection Practices for Community Health
Azra Ismail and Neha Kumar
CSCW ‘18

Bridging Disconnected Knowledges for Community Health
Azra Ismail, Naveena Karusala, and Neha Kumar
CSCW ‘18

Mind the Gap: Practicing Feminist HCI in the Global South (workshop submission)
Azra Ismail and Neha Kumar
At the Solidarity Across Borders: Navigating Intersections Towards Equity and Inclusion Workshop, CSCW ‘18

Designing for Use and Non-Use: The Case of Neighborhood Clinics (workshop submission)
Azra Ismail, Naveena Karusala, and Neha Kumar
At the Symposium on HCI Across Borders, CHI’ 17