Current Members

Director – Dr. micha cárdenas

Dr. micha cárdenas

Dr. micha cárdenas directs the Poetic Operations Collaborative, a design research lab at the University of Washington Bothell applying technological creativity to advance social justice. She is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Interactive Media Design at the University of Washington | Bothell. cárdenas is an artist/theorist who creates and studies mobile media to reduce violence and increase health. cárdenas’ forthcoming book, Shifting Poetics uses practice-based research to understand trans of color movement in digital media, where movement includes migration, performance and mobility.

cárdenas completed her Ph.D. in Media Arts + Practice in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. She is a member of the artist collective Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Her solo and collaborative artworks have been presented in museums, galleries and biennials including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the ZKM in Karlrushe, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Centro Cultural del Bosque in Mexico City, the Centro Cultural de Tijuana, the Zero1 Biennial and the California Biennial. cárdenas was the recipient of the first ever James Tiptree Jr. fellowship.

Research Assistant – Frances Lee

A smiling Asian person with short hair and glasses is standing in front of ferns.Frances Lee is a Masters of Arts in Cultural Studies student at the University of Washington Bothell. They are a native Texan with a complicated relationship to the sun, and are currently based in Seattle. Frances straddles several disciplines, including technology, community activism, and art. They have worked in the Austin/Seattle corporate tech industry and are a trained UI/UX Designer. They are currently collaborating with an all-trans work group to create the 2017 King County Trans Resource and Referral Guide, which provides a safety net for trans people and their loved ones in this region.

Frances’ research centers women of color feminism, trans of color identities, tech education, and community intellectualism. Frances completed their BA in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.


Former Members

Research Assistant – Josefina Garcia-Turner

Josefina Garcia-Turner hails from the Central Valley of California and is a graduate of the University of Washington Bothell’s Master of Arts in Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on radical trans and gender non-conforming resistance to prisons and structural violence. Her current project is a hypertext based speculative fiction that imagines Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera’s Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) as a prison break and heist group.

Research Assistant – Kate Sohng

Kate SohngKate Sohng is an undergraduate student in Interactive Media Design at the University of Washington Bothell. She is most interested in learning web programming and Processing code as tools that effectively deliver messages of social justice. She studies how to interact with people through code and design to evoke emotions that may lead people toward considerations of social justice issues.




Wearable Designer – Waner Deng


Waner Deng (Emma) is an undergraduate student of Interactive Media Design and Marketing in University of Washington. She is interested in project management and user interface design. She has passion to have expansive knowledge of method and process involved in creating and designing technology based applications for the current and coming generations. She is looking forward to experience the diverse interdisciplinary approaches to interactive media design from POCLab by solving complex and real world challenges as well as developing practical solutions for social justice issue.


POC Lab at the University of Washington Bothell
POC Lab UW Bothell


The Poetic Operations Collaborative is supported by the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, and the Community-Based Learning and Research Fellowship.