I am currently Assistant Professor at the Umeå Institute of Design at Umeå University in Sweden. I completed my PhD  at the Indiana University Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing in August 2013. My dissertation is The Mediating Role of Responsive Digital Materials: A Conceptual Investigation and Analytic Framework (full text available at

My research centers around trying to understand and critique the role of (digital) things in  experience and society in ways that can inform their design, and it sits at the intersection of design studies, philosophy of technology, and science and technology studies (STS).

Recent Publications

Johan Redström and Heather Wiltse. 2015. On the multi-instabilities of assembled things. Paper presented at 4S 2015, the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science in the panel session Postphenomenological Research 3: Theoretical Perspectives.

Johan Redström and Heather Wiltse. 2015. Press Play: Acts of defining (in) fluid assemblages. In Proceedings of Nordes 2015: Design Ecologies.

Heather Wiltse. 2015. On being turned inside out. Interactions 22 (3): 20-21.

Heather Wiltse, Erik Stolterman, and Johan Redström. 2015. Wicked interactions: (On the necessity of) reframing the ‘computer’ in philosophy and design. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 19 (1): 26-49.

Lorenzo Davoli, Heather Wiltse, and Johan Redström. 2015. Trojans & drones: Materializing possibilities for transforming industrial infrastructures. In Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Research Through Design Conference, 25-27 March 2015, Cambridge, UK, Article 29.

Heather Wiltse. 2014. Unpacking digital material mediation. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 18 (3): 154-182.