Ro Encarnacion

researcher, technologist, tech policy wonk, and a tiny bit creative


I am a PhD student in the Penn HCI lab and am fortunate to have Dr. Metaxa as my advisor.

My research interests are at the intersection of algorithmic justice, public policy, and society.

I want to study, design, and develop technological policy interventions to tackle social and digital equity issues for historically excluded communities. In particular, I’d like to translate interdisciplinary research into informed policy and actionable change to counteract discrimination and harms in the technology we deploy.

I was previously a TechCongress Congressional Innovation Fellow in the office of Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke. Before that I was a software engineer at the Stanford Computational Policy Lab, Capital One, and a Civic Technology Fellow at Microsoft Cities.

I hold a B.A. in Computer Science from CUNY Lehman College.


Jun 1, 2022 I am officially starting my PhD journey in January 2023 at UPenn HCI under the advisement of Professor Danaë Metaxa!
Apr 15, 2022 Our paper was accepted to the 2022 ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (ACM FAccT)! Paper: