Emily Harris

Assistant Professor of the Practice, Design
231 West Lake Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Assistant Professor of the Practice, Design
Concurrent Professor of Mendoza College of Business

Area: Design


MFA, University of California, Davis
B.A., University of California, Davis

Research Interests

Participatory Design, Public Interest Design. Design Thinking, Design Research, Self Efficacy, Social Innovation, Systems Design, UX Design, Women Empowerment


Emily Harris is an educator, researcher, and designer specializing in Public Interest Design. With an MFA from the University of California, Davis Emily's academic journey has been one characterized by a dedication to transformative design practices.

With an extensive career, Emily's professional contributions have extended across diverse organizational landscapes, including design agencies, startups, NGOs, and community organizations. Among her portfolio of clients are Brain Trauma Foundation, Coachella Music Festival, COPA Centenario, CLIF Bar, Outward Bound, King Arthur Flour, and Girl Scouts. As a multidisciplinary designer, she excels in leveraging design research and strategic techniques to effect sustainable change.

She teaches in the Art, Art History, and Design Department, as well as, Mendoza College of Business promoting collaboration and multidisciplinary efforts across campus and beyond. She is passionate about getting students out of the classroom and connected to real world projects to build empathy and provide hands-on experiences.

As a researcher, Emily delves into the intersection of making and adventure, investigating how these realms build self-efficacy, particularly in female identifying individuals. Her exploration of this dynamic underscores her dedication to dismantling barriers and empowering marginalized groups through innovative approaches. Emily's commitment to promoting leadership among women is further evidenced by her role as the Founder and Executive Director of She's Rogue, an organization committed to fostering creativity and risk taking.

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