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Kelsey Urgo

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Kelsey Urgo earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before beginning her PhD program, she worked as a web developer at several institutions including Wake Forest University and the Renaissance Computing Institute. Her research involves information retrieval and human-computer interaction. The intersection of these fields, interactive information retrieval, is concerned with both search environment development and human search behaviors and cognition. Her current work specifically is in search-as-learning and involves the development of search environments to support individuals learning complex topics online.


  • Information retrieval
  • Human computer interaction

Research Areas

  • Search as learning
  • Interactive information retrieval


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD, 2023
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, BA, 2007

Selected Publications