Joanne Cohoon

Joanne M. Cohoon

University of Virginia
Senior Research Scientist

Joanne McGrath Cohoon is an NCWIT Senior Research Scientist and Research Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia who researches, publishes, and speaks on women's under-representation in IT and gender segregation in higher education.  Joanne joined the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia in 2003. She teaches Gender, Technology, and Education and supervises both graduate and undergraduate student research. She is a recipient of the A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award, which recognizes educators who develop innovative teaching practices and approaches that attract girls and women to computing, engineering, and math. Joanne has conducted nationwide studies of departmental factors that influence recruitment and retention at the undergraduate and graduate levels of computer science. Her research interests include technology and gender, education and gender, higher education, and organizations. She has a BA in philosophy, an MA in student personnel administration in higher education from Columbia University, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Virginia.

Research Area: Sociology of Gender, Technology & Education; Evaluation

We will miss our esteemed colleague Joanne. She was a true pioneer in the gender and technology space, and her intellect and sense of humor served not only NCWIT well, but the world. As we mourn the loss of our esteemed colleague and friend Joanne M. Cohoon, donations received through the 2016 NCWIT Summit will be in her honor, as requested by her family.