Assistant Professor

Leah Zhang-Kennedy, PhDLeah teaches User Experience Design and Research at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, University of Waterloo. She joined Waterloo from an interdisciplinary background bridging academic areas such as human-computer interaction, computer science, and graphic design.

In her teaching and research, Leah believes in an interdisciplinary approach, integrating methods and analytical frameworks from multiple disciplines to examine a topic. In particular, she is interested in the forces at play in technology, users, and experiences. As technology changes rapidly, UX design and research will inevitably evolve with it.  She is excited to share what she has learned with her students, and as young people are the next generation of users and technologists, she hopes that they will have something to teach her as well.

Courses Taught

GBDA 103: User Experience Design

GBDA 228: Digital Imaging for Online Applications

GBDA 302: Global Digital Project 2

GBDA 401: Cross-Cultural Digital Business 1

GBDA 403: Extended ePortfolio I


  • Ph.D. (Computer Science), Carleton University, 2017
  • MASc. (Human-Computer Interaction), Carleton University, 2013
  • BDes. (Design), York University, 2007

Research and Teaching Interests

  • UX design and research
  • Digital media and graphic design
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Usable privacy and security

Other Interests

In her spare time, Leah likes to reconnect with her roots in art and design. She specializes in creating hand-made marbled papers and medieval limp-bindings.

Connect with Leah

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Phone icon   519-888-4567, ext. 23003
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