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Lukoff, Kai


Dr. Kai Lukoff is an Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, where he directs the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. He uses human-centered methods to research, design, and develop technologies for digital wellbeing.
His work explores how digital interfaces can lead to meaningful or meaningless experiences and support or undermine user sense of agency. He has redesigned features of YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter and tested their effects on digital wellbeing in field experiments.
His research has been published at CHI, CSCW, IMWUT, DIS, and in Mindfulness Journal. He previously completed his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, where he was co-advised by Drs. Sean Munson and Alexis Hiniker. He also previously lived in China for 6 years where he worked as a product manager at mobile internet startups.


Ph.D., University of Washington, Human Centered Design & Engineering, 2022
B.A., Stanford University, Political Science, 2008

Courses Taught

  • COEN 12 Abstract Data Types and Data Structures
  • COEN 277 Human-Computer Interaction

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering