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, and how the future of work always comes with a shadow—the future of unemployment. Right now, I’m working on a book 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. 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 about the automation of human resource management, particularly the development of technologies for hiring and firing.
My research touches the fields of information and media studies, science 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.