Sarah M. Harmon

Affiliation: Computer Science
Assistant Professor of Computer Science - on leave for the 2021-22 academic year
Dr. Harmon is an interdisciplinary scientist and the director of the Bowdoin Computational Creativity Lab.  Her research specialties include computational creativity, narrative intelligence, and playable media (in particular, building purposeful systems that invite play). Her scholarly projects and exhibitions often incorporate techniques from artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, machine learning, and natural language processing.

Prof. Harmon’s past work has included intersections between accessibility and virtual reality, interactive narrative and education, psychology and robotics, as well as storytelling and the performing arts.  She welcomes collaborations with Bowdoin students and finding new ways to advance computing for the common good.


  • PhD, Computer Science, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • MS, Computer Science, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • BA, Double Major in Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences, Colby College