Eric P. S. Baumer
I study and design human interactions with algorithms in social computing systems.
This work poses difficult technical and conceptual challenges. We cannot fully understand the societal ramifications of computational and information technologies without examining the technical components of their design. Conversely, we cannot adequately design or implement such technologies without a thorough understanding of their human and social dimensions.
Thus, my research applies a deeply interdisciplinary synthesis across computer science and social science, simultaneously drawing on and contributing to both. I integrate techniques from quantitative, qualitative, technical, and design-oriented research to surface, or even to challenge, technology’s own political commitments and social effects.
By studying and designing novel configurations of social and computational systems, my research contributes concepts and tools essential for understanding, and for creating, the future of social technology.