DPDF recipient David Platzer spoke with SSRC Program Assistant Nirali Vyas about his work as a user experience (UX) researcher for Adobe. Platzer shares his perspective on connecting academia and industry after discussing his dissertation research on autism, technology, and social design, focusing specifically on autism hiring programs at major technology companies.
David L. Platzer
David Platzer is a phd candidate in medical anthropology at Johns Hopkins, where he is currently completing his dissertation, on the role of technology in the global autism community. This research has taken him to places as far afield as Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Bangalore, India, and sites throughout the United States. His work has been supported by the Center for Advanced Media Studies, the Institute for Global Studies, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. A psychotherapist at heart, David has also worked as UX researcher for Adobe Design’s Studio team, an internal incubator based out of Adobe’s San Francisco offices.