Sara Hendren is a writer, design researcher, artist, and cultural producer. Sign up for her newsletter here.

Sara is a humanist in tech. Her work of 2010-2020 includes collaborative public art, social design, and writing that reframes the human body and technology. You might be interested in:

— a lectern for short stature

— a ramp for wheelchair dancing

— a navigational cane that plays music

— a street art effort that became the Accessible Icon Project

— a digital archive of low-tech prosthetics called Engineering at Home

— a long-running obsession with the inclined plane

a four-year effort to bring more arts and humanities to higher-ed STEM called Sketch Model: artists’ residencies, student fellowships, and seed funds for faculty and staff.

She is the author of What Can A Body Do? How We Meet the Built World, published by Riverhead/Penguin Random House. It was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by NPR and won the Science in Society Journalism book prize.

Starting in 2023, after nine years at Olin College of Engineering, Sara will join the CAMD faculty at Northeastern University, where she’ll pursue an expanded research program on the material culture of the assisted body over the life span: birth, death, and acute conditions of vulnerability. She is also a Newbigin Fellow with the Carver Project.

Sara’s work has been exhibited on the White House lawn under the Obama administration, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, The Vitra Design Museum, the Seoul Museum of Art, among other venues, and is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. She has been a National Fellow at the New America think tank, and her work has been supported by an NEH Public Scholar grant, the Graham Foundation, residencies at Yaddo and the Carey Institute for Global Good, and an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Art in America, and other publications.

More: I live in Cambridge, Mass., with my husband and three children. This lecture, followed by this one, remain good summaries of my work. Full CV and portfolio.

Sara Hendren