Robert Rosenberger

School of Public Policy
Associate Professor
Statement of Expertise
Philosopher focused on the user experience of technology

How can we best describe what it’s like to use technology? The concrete details of user experience can be relevant to everything from the roles of laboratory instrumentation in science, to technological distraction and dependence, to the politics of design.

Areas of Expertise

  • Distracted Driving
  • Hostile Architecture
  • User Experience of Technology


Rosenberger’s work explores the ways that everyday technologies shape our experience, including investigations into topics as seemingly varied as distracted driving, phantom phone vibrations, the experience of e-reading, neurobiological sample freezing techniques, and frog dissection computer simulations. He is a developer of the “postphenomenological” philosophical framework, which considers the practical implications of the various ways we experience technology. He also has published critiques of anti-homeless design, an emerging area of study sometimes referred to as “hostile architecture.”

He can comment on stories involving relationship with technology and how we interact with the myriad devices that surround us, including topics such as districted driving and phantom phone vibrations, as well as issues related to anti-homeless design.