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 and a member of the EViD (Ethics and Values in Design) Lab. Now I’m a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England.
I study the technologies and institutions that teach us how, why, and where to work in the information economy. My dissertation, and current book project, was an ethnography of the ‘digital divide’, comparing how different institutions reproduce the hope that access to information technology and the skills to use it will help people lift themselves up by their own bootstraps, and asking how well that hope fits different communities in an increasingly economically and racially divided city. Through EViD, I began and am still involved with a series of research projects on mobile app developers’ design values. And I’m starting work on a new project that traces the automation of human resources management, particularly the development of technologies for hiring and firing.
My research touches the fields of cultural studies, labor studies, information and media studies, political economy, urban studies, and critical theories of neoliberal governance and development. You can find out more about my research and teaching above.