Sara Hendren

she / her / hers

Associate Professor of Arts, Humanities and Design


A headshot of Sara Hendren


Milas Hall Library (Lower Level)




  • MDes. (with distinction), Art, Design, and the Public Domain, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • M.A., European History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., Studio Art, Wheaton College


  • Public Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow, New America
  • Logan Nonfiction Fellowship, Carey Institute for Global Good
  • Artist Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • Winner, Book Prize, Science in Society Journalism Awards
  • Yaddo Residency Fellowship
  • Graham Foundation grant
  • Work in permanent collections: Museum of Modern Art, Cooper Hewitt
  • Lincoln City Fellowship
  • Fulbright Scholar


  • Adaptive and Assistive Technologies
  • Prosthetics
  • Accessible Architecture
  • Biopolitics
  • Disability Studies
  • Social Design and Public Art Practices
  • Art-engineering hybrids

Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher and writer. Her work includes social design projects and mixed media collaborations that engage technology and the adaptive human body. Combining disability studies and critical design, her practice is a restless mix of engineering and the arts in pursuit of sharper questions about human capacity, worth, and interdependence. Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Vitra Design Museum, the Seoul Museum of Art, and others and is held in the permanent collections at MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Sara has been an Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow at the New America think tank and a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good; she has received an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is at work on her first book, on the unexpected places where disability is at the heart of design, forthcoming from Riverhead/Penguin Random House. At Olin, she is also Principal Investigator for Sketch Model, a three-year initiative to bring more arts experiences to campus.