W.E. King

CV Assistant Teaching Professor
Mary Gates Hall 330B


  • Gender and Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence and Religion
  • Digital Media and Society


Dr. Wes Eli King teaches core informatics courses to undergraduates in the University of Washington Information School. They have been at the UW since 2013, starting as a graduate student and now as faculty. Dr. Wes brings over 20 years of technical writing and technical training experience to the classroom and offers a critical informatics lens for students to adopt as they develop their career goals and imagine the future of information. They are passionate about teaching and enjoy designing collaborative, peer-based learning environments.

As an activist-researcher, Dr. Wes locates their research at the intersection of technology, religion, and gender. They completed their dissertation entitled, A Match Made in Heaven: Queer Christians and Dating Apps, at the UW iSchool in 2021 and teach a Special Topics in Informatics course on internet dating and the future of relationships. Dr. Wes has also developed a Special Topics in Informatics course on AI, robots, and transcending religion that brings together their research and teaching with their interest in science fiction and imagining futures.


  • Ph D, Information Science, University of Washington, 2021
  • MS, Information Science , University of Washington, 2019
  • MA, International Studies: Comparative Religion, University of Washington, 2015
  • MA, Ministry Leadership, Portland Seminary, 2011
  • BA, Organizational and Interpersonal Communication Concentration in Psychology and Computer Science, Ohio State University, 1986


  • Dissertation Fellowship - Louisville Institute, 2020-2021
  • Joan W. Welk Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Comparative Religion, 2014-2015
  • Best Paper in Ethical Challenges Accompanying Digital and Social Media Mini-Track (Nominated) - Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2015


  • Society for the Social Studies of Science
  • Association of Internet Researchers
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Publications and Contributions

  • Conference Paper
    Search Me, O [Algorithm] and Know my Heart: Queer Faith in Dating Apps (2024)
    Proceedings of the 57th Hawaii International Conference on System Science, pp. 2370-2379 Author: W.E. King
  • Instructor's Manual
    Research Methods for Informatics Undergraduate Students: A Lab Workbook (2023)
    Authors: Clarita Lefthand-Begay, Jesse Brisbois, Julie Emory, W.E. King, Kunsang Choden Lama, Claire Indermaur McDonald, Nataliya Muzyka, Punya Prakash Shetty, Turam Purty, Aditya Singh, Zening Qu
  • Conference Paper
    AI and the Unsullied Self (2021)
    Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Authors: W.E. King, Os Keyes
  • Conference Paper
    Librarian perspectives on the role of virtual reality in public libraries (2020)
    83rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T '20) Authors: Jin Ha Lee, Kung Jin Lee, W.E. King, Negin Dahya
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Perceptions and experiences of Virtual Reality in public libraries (2020)
    Journal of Documentation Authors: Jin Ha Lee, Negin Dahya, W.E. King, Kung Jin Lee
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Politics of Race, Gender, and Visual Representation in Feminist Media Education (2020)
    Discourse, Special issue on Child and Youth Engagement: Civic Literacies and Digital Ecologies, 41(5), pp. 673–690 Authors: W.E. King, Negin Dahya
  • Conference Poster
    Virtual Reality in Washington State Libraries (2018)
    Connected Learning Summit 2018 Authors: Negin Dahya, Kung Jin Lee, W.E. King, Jin Ha Lee
  • Conference Paper
    'Almost,' 'more than,' or 'truly' human?: Examining Sci-Fi TV through the lenses of digital and theological anthropologies (2015)
    Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Science, pp. 1734-1741 Author: W.E. King
  • Book, Non-Scholarly-New
    Facing “The Talk”: Conversations with my four daughters about sex (2015)
    Author: W.E. King
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    Feminist perspectives and mobile culture(s): power and participation in girls' digital video making communities
    Feminist Interventions in Participatory Media: Pedagogy, Publics, Practice Authors: Negin Dahya, W.E. King


  • A Match Made in Heaven: Queer Christians & Dating Apps (2022)
    Annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) - Dublin, Ireland
  • AI, Cyborgs, Robots and Religion I & II (2022)
    Annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) - Cholula, Mexico (Virtual)
  • Information Ecologies that Promote Radical Belonging for Christians with Diverse Gender, Sexual, and Relationship Identities and Practices (2022)
    Annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) - Baltimore, MD
  • Librarian Perspectives on the Role of Virtual Reality in Public Libraries (2020)
    2020 ASIS&T Virtual Annual Meeting - Virtual