About Me

I am a PhD student at the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon. Using a mixed-methods approach, I research social justice activism on Twitter. I apply a dramaturgical lens to investigate the relationship between on-the-ground movement processes and networked protests. My research interests also include theatre-based design methods, and playtesting methods for game and experience design. With a background in theatre, I am interested in marrying elements of dramaturgy, play and performance with participatory and community-based design methods to support more equitable relationships with collaborators and the design of technology grounded in social justice principles. 

After 10 years of co-running Writ Large Press, an independent literary press in Los Angeles dedicated to making publishing accessible, amplifying diverse voices, and creating public literary events that call for participation by and the preservation of our local cultures and communities, my partners, Chiwan Choi and Peter Woods, and I merged with Entropy Magazine and Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2018 to form The Accomplices. In the summers of 2014 and 2017, Writ Large Press and collaborators filled Los Angeles with 90 consecutive days of literary and cultural programming featuring the vitality and diversity of the city.

I have an MFA from NYU’s Tisch Department of Dramatic Writing and a BA from Yale University, where I was on the executive board of the Yale Children’s Theater. I have written and/or directed numerous plays in educational and community settings and nonprofit theatre. I now have 20(!) years of teaching experience as a teaching artist, a middle and high school classroom teacher, and currently as a university teaching assistant. As a program director and writing mentor at Will Power to Youth, Shakespeare Center LA, for over a decade, I have helped teach, manage and design this exemplary national-award-winning arts education and employment program.

jochoi at cs dot cmu dot edu

Networked Activism

Identity-based roles in rhizomatic social justice movements on Twitter

Contemporary social justice movements can be understood as rhizomatic, growing laterally without a central structure. In this mixed methods study, we investigated the roles that activists develop based on their personal and professional identities and carry with them through the dynamic land-scape of rhizomatic social justice movements on Twitter.

Hybrid framing in the Justice for Antwon Rose II Movement

In this study of the Justice for Antwon Rose II (J4A) movement, we analyzed communication for protest coordination and framing processes. Due to concerns about safety and surveillance, J4A did not use Twitter or Facebook for protest coordination, instead using secure messenger applications and known networks of trust.

Trust-building across networks through festival organizing

by Judeth Oden Choi, James Herbsleb and Jodi Forlizzi Link to full paper here. Abstract: In this case study, we examine how organizers of a grassroots literary and cultural festival, #90X90LA, built trust across networks in a decen-tralized curatorial process. Organizers with backgrounds in arts andcommunity organizing used online organizing tactics and tools toconnect writers …


Theatre-based design methods

Moving for the Movement

We developed a workshop for designers and social justice activists based in Viewpoints and Composition, a philosophy and set of techniques for the theatre. Building on other experience prototyping and somatic methods, the workshop leads participants through the design of a hypothetical internet-enabled social justice campaign, encouraging them to imagine the felt-experience of networked social justice movement building in a socio-spatial context.

Robotic Futures*

Robotic Futures* is an immersive experience for small-size audiences and small-size robots that uses performance as a way to explore past and present ideas of what robots may be in the future and how they may become embedded in our homes and in our lives. Through this performance we set out to learn about the design of social robots for the home.

Games/Mixed Reality

Playtesting with a Purpose

By Judeth Oden Choi, Jodi Forlizzi, Michael Christel, Rachel Moeller, Mackenzie Bates and Jessica Hammer Link to full paper here. Abstract: Playtesting, or using play to guide game design, gives designers feedback about whether their game is meeting their goals and the player’s expectations. We report a case study of designing, deploying, and iterating on…

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Toward Measuring Empathy in Virtual Reality

By Kate Carey, Emily Saltz, Jacob Rosenbloom, Mark Micheli, Judeth Oden Choi, Jessica Hammer Link to full paper here. Abstract: While VR is often described as an empathy-inducing medium, it is difficult to link specific features of a VR experience to empathy outcomes. This is due in large part to the challenges of measuring empathy…

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The Storyteller’s Guide to the Virtual Reality Audience

By Katy Newton, Karin Soukop, Judeth Oden Choi Read the full piece here. As VR storytellers, we are charged with molding experience itself into story, and none of our storytelling tools have prepared us fully for that. As we stumble our way into this new, mysterious medium, we ask ourselves, “How do we tell a…

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Future Generations: a RPG game to explore futures in learning

By Judeth Oden Choi and Jennifer Olsen Download game rule book here. “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” — Abraham Lincoln Future Generations is a role playing game in which the players collaboratively build a near future world, discover the role of learning…

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Press

Hyperallergic, A Drunken Reading Series Fosters Community in Los Angeles, 8/31/2017

Los Angeles Times, Money talks for writers and other creative with 90X90LA, 8/3/2017

Artillery, Sprints for the Arts, 7/12/2017

Los Angeles Times, Writ Large Crams 90 literary events into 90 days, starting July 5, 6/30/2017

Los Angeles Magazine, A More Inclusive Literary Festival, 6/2017

HCII News, Explore, Refine, Persuade: HCII Faculty Take Playtesting to the Next Level, 3/30/2016

KCET, The Right to the City: New Community Spaces Amplify the Voice of Angelenos, 6/27/14

KCET, Rising Women Writers, from Grand Park to Writers at Work, 3/21/14

Prism International, AWP Round-up: Prism Goes to Seattle! 3/3/14

Los Angeles Magazine, How to do The Last Bookstore, 10/28/13

KCET, Notes from LA’s Literary Underground, 8/16/13

The Los Angeles Beat, Will Power to Youth’s Adaptation of Shakespeare’s the Tempest, 8/14/11

NEArts, NEA Spotlight: Will Power to Youth partners with NEA and DOJ, Vol. 2, 2008

NPR, All Things Considered, L.A. Teens Tackle a Job: Reimagining Shakespeare,12/16/06