I’m Dan Greene and I’m a researcher and teacher working with digital media, digital labor, and digital politics. I got my PhD in American Studies at the University of Maryland, where I was also a University Flagship Fellow. Then I was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England.
Now I’m an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland’s iSchool, where I’m also a Senior Fellow at UMD’s Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information. I’m recruiting graduate students who are also interested in critical, interdisciplinary approaches to work, technology, and inequality. If you’re considering a PhD and think we share interests, shoot me an email and we can talk about the program, funding, etc.
I study the technologies and institutions that teach us how, why, and where to work in the information economy, and how the future of work always comes with a shadow—the future of unemployment. Right now, I’m working on a book for the MIT Press that draws on years of ethnographic fieldwork in urban institutions that turn the problem of poverty into a problem of technology, exploring why that shift happens and how it changes the identity and function of schools, libraries, and cities. I also have a secondary interest in surveillance and privacy, and I’ve explored that in relation to the infrastructure for drone warfare and how mobile app developers learn what ‘privacy’ means and how to build it into their designs. These two themes—how we learn how to work and how we build values into surveillance systems—come together in my next major project, which I’m just getting off the ground, where I explore the history of automating human resource management, particularly the development of technologies for hiring and firing. This is the story of how we define and measure ‘fit’.
My research touches the fields of information studies, media and technology studies, cultural studies, the sociology of work, political economy, urban studies, and organization studies. You can find out more about my research and teaching above.