Ahmer Arif


Arif's research is in the field of human-computer interaction and social computing. He uses innovative combinations of computational analysis, participatory engagement, and traditional qualitative methodologies to address questions about the spread of mis- and disinformation. Much of his work has examined the dynamics of mis- and disinformation during crisis situations, with a primary interest in how we might respond to these dynamics with more solidarity — as researchers, educators and designers. This interdisciplinary work draws on a wide body of work, including science and technology studies (STS), postcritical theory, research on reflection and contemplation, and more.

Growing up in Pakistan, Ahmer earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science from the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Before coming to UT Austin, Ahmer earned his doctorate in Human Centered Design & Engineering from the University of Washington. Beyond academia, he has had the good fortune to work as a researcher and consultant with several large organizations like Facebook, Yahoo!, The World Bank and the UN.


Doctor of Philosophy, Human Centered Design & Engineering, 2020
University of Washington, Seattle, United States

Master of Science, Computer Science, 2011
Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, 2010
Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

Areas Of Specialization

Computer-Supported Cooperative Work
Individual's Crisis Information
Human-Computer Interaction

Recent Courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourseSyllabus
2021FallI 320D Topics in Human-Centered Data Science Human-Centered Social Network Analysis
2021SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Problematic and Misleading Information