Dr. Emma J. Rose’s is a researcher, teacher, and consultant. Her work is motivated by a commitment to designing for digital inclusion. She uses participatory design and research techniques that empower users to conceptualize solutions for community-based problems. Previously, she spent a decade working as a User Experience consultant.


Emma is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington Seattle. 

Her work has been published in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and othersShe speaks at both industry and academic conferences. Read more about my research.

She teaches classes on usability research, user-centered design and technical writing at the University of Washington Tacoma. Read more about my teaching.


She holds a PhD in Human Centered Design & Engineering and a Masters of Science in Technical Communication, both from the University of Washington Seattle. She also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing from Duquesne University.

Service and community

Emma is engaged professionally and socially in the community. She is a board member for the ACM SIGDOC. She is the co-founder of UX Tacoma, a meet up for local UX professionals. She is an active member of the Olympia chapter of SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice).


Emma lives in Olympia, Washington with her husband, two children, and two guinea pigs. In her free time, she likes to travel, run, and read.