Safiya U. Noble, Ph.D.

Safiya U. Noble, Ph.D.

 

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Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. She also holds appointments in the Departments of African American Studies, Gender Studies, and Education. Her research on the design and use of applications on the Internet is at the intersection of race, gender, culture, and technology. She is currently working on a monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in search engines like Google (forthcoming, NYU Press). She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, and is the co-editor of two books: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online (Peter Lang, Digital Formations, 2016), and Emotions, Technology & Design (Elsevier, 2015). Safiya holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Fresno with an emphasis on African American/Ethnic Studies.

Research & Scholarly Interests

  • Search engine ethics
  • Racial and gender bias in algorithms
  • Technological redlining
  • Socio-cultural, economic and ethical implications of information in society
  • Race, gender and sexuality in information communication technologies
  • Digital technology and Internet policy development
  • Privacy and surveillance
  • Information and/as control
  • Critical information studies

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