Amanda Menking

CV Associate Teaching Professor, Director, Master of Human-Computer Interaction + Design (MHCI+D) Program
Harris Alumni Hall


  • Social Computing
  • Gender and Technology


Amanda Menking is an educator and researcher with interests at the intersections of social computing systems (like Wikipedia), knowledge production, and gender. Her dissertation focused on how women’s health information on the English language Wikipedia is created, curated, and neglected. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, she received a BA in Humanities from Trinity Western University and an MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University and then taught high school and college-level English and Literature courses. She’s also a veteran of the Seattle tech scene, having worked for two start-ups and as a vendor at Microsoft. Recently, she’s been working in the area of “femtech." As a researcher and educator, she takes a critical stance, emphasizing how knowledge is situated and engaging in the “essential critical work of thinking with care and anxiety” (Simmons, 2016).


  • Ph D, Information Science, University of Washington, 2019
  • MS, Information Science, University of Washington, 2015
  • MA, English Language and Literature, Hardin-Simmons University, 2002
  • BA, Humanities, Trinity Western University, 2000


  • Best paper award for "The Heart Work of Wikipedia..." - CHI conference, 2015
  • Computing Research Association-Women (CRA-W) Graduate Cohort, 2014


  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)

Publications and Contributions

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Decolonizing the internet by decolonizing ourselves: Challenging epistemic injustice through feminist practice (2021)
    Global Perspectives, Volume 2, Issue 1 Authors: C. Acey, S. Bouterse, S. Ghoshal, Amanda Menking, A. Sengupta, A. Godoy Vrana
  • Conference Paper
    "Defying stereotypes is a plus": Classifying gender, sex, and sexuality content in visual materials (2020)
    Sustainable Digital Communities, 15th International Conference, iConference 2020Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 12051 Authors: Hyerim Cho, Amanda Menking
  • Conference Paper
    Image Wishlist: Context and Images in Commons-Based Peer Production Communities Share on (2020)
    Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 4, CSCW2, Article 178 (October 2020) Authors: Amanda Menking, David W McDonald
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    Multiples Over Models: Interrogating the Past and Collectively Reimagining the Future of Menstrual Sensemaking (2020)
    ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, Volume 27, Issue 4 Authors: Sarah E. Fox, Amanda Menking, Jordan Eschler, Uba Backonja
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    WP:NOT, WP:NPOV, and other stories Wikipedia tells Us: A feminist critique of Wikipedia’s epistemology (2020)
    Science, Technology, & Human Values Authors: Amanda Menking, Jon Rosenberg
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    Defining menstrual literacy with the aim of evaluating mobile menstrual tracking applications (2019)
    Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN Authors: Jordan Eschler, Amanda Menking, Sarah E. Fox, Uba Backonja
  • Conference Paper
    People Who Can Take It: How Women Wikipedians Negotiate and Navigate Safety (2019)
    Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19), Page [1-15] Authors: Amanda Menking, Ingrid Erickson, Wanda Pratt
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    'No Prejudice Here': Examining Social Identity Work in Starter Pack Memes (2018)
    Social Media + Society Authors: Jordan Eschler, Amanda Menking
  • Conference Paper
    “Sharing Small Pieces of the World”: Increasing and Broadening Participation in Wikimedia Commons (2018)
    OpenSym '18, August 22–24, 2018, Paris, France Authors: Amanda Menking, Vaibhavi Rangarajan, Michael Gilbert
  • Conference Paper
    Imagining Intersectional Futures: Feminist approaches in CSCW (2017)
    Companion of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Authors: Sarah Fox, Amanda Menking, Stephanie Steinhardt, Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Shaowen Bardzell
  • Conference Workshop Paper
    Menstrual extraction: Self-study and control in the age of the period app (for the workshop "Hacking Women's Health") (2017)
    CHI '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Authors: Sarah E. Fox, Amanda Menking
  • Conference Paper
    Who Wants to Read This?: A Method for Measuring Topical Representativeness in User Generated Content Systems (2017)
    Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Authors: Amanda Menking, David W. McDonald, Mark Zachry
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    On the production of the spirit of feminism (2016)
    ACM Interactions, Volume 23, Issue 5, Page 36-44 Authors: Ingrid Erickson, Libby Hemphill, Amanda Menking, Stephanie Steinhardt
  • Conference Non-Archival Papers
    Exploring Gender, Race, and Sexuality with Social Media Data (2015)
    iConference 2015 Proceedings Authors: Oliver L Haimson, Amanda Menking, Jordan Eschler, Ingrid Erickson, Gillian R Hayes
  • Conference Proceeding
    Feminism and Feminist Approaches in Social Computing (2015)
    Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference Companion on Computer Supported Cooperative Work; Social Computing, Page 303–308, ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-4503-2946-0 Authors: Stephanie B. Steinhardt, Amanda Menking, Ingrid Erickson, Andrea Marshall, Asta Zelenkauskaite, Jennifer Rode
  • Conference Short Paper
    The Heart Work of Wikipedia: Gendered, Emotional Labor in the World's Largest Online Encyclopedia (2015)
    Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15) Authors: Amanda Menking, Ingrid Erickson
  • Conference Paper
    Perceptions of Walls: An Exploration of Trait Affect and Personality in a Cross Cultural Study of Perception of Risks Related to the Edward Snowden Case (2014)
    iConference Authors: Marc Dupuis, Amanda Menking, Robert Mason


  • Image Wishlist: Context and Images in Commons-Based Peer Production Communities (2020)
    The 23rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '20) - Virtual
  • Gendered Creative Teams Workshop, "How Gender Is Made & Why It Matters" (2017)
    Central European University - Budapest, Hungary
  • IGNITE Women in STEM Panel (2017)
    Decatur High School - Federal Way, WA
  • Editing Latinas into Wikipedia (2015)
    Latina Cultural Projection, University of Washington Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies - Seattle, WA
  • IGNITE Women in STEM Panel (2015)
    Mount Rainier High School - Des Moines, WA
  • WP:NPOV, WP:NOT, and Other Stories Jimmy Wales Told Me: A Feminist Critique of Wikipedia's Epistemology (2015)
    Society for Social Studies of Science - Denver, CO
  • Connecting learning with digital badges: Exploring the formal and informal learning experiences of youth from non-dominant backgrounds (2014)
    Presentation given at the Annual Meeting of the Digital Media and Learning Conference, MacArthur Foundation - Boston, MA
  • Gatekeeping by Design: How the Design of Early Public Libraries Controlled Access to Information (2014)
    Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS) Lecture & Film Series, Washington Corrections Center for Women - Gig Harbor, WA
  • Stakeholders' perceptions of the opportunities, challenges, and value of digital badges in education (2014)
    Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association - Philadelphia, PA
  • Women in Wikipedia (2014)
    Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, University of Toronto - Toronto, ON, Canada