I’m Dan Greene. I’m a researcher and teacher interested in futures of work. 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.
In April 2021, the MIT Press will publish my first book: The Promise of Access: Technology, Inequality, and the Political Economy of Hope. It explores how the problem of poverty became a problem of technology and the skills to use it, how ‘learn to code’ became the default response to the broken labor markets of the twenty-first century. The Promise of Access connects the history of digital divide policy to the dismantling of the welfare state and its recreation as a carceral state, building on years of ethnographic fieldwork in urban institutions that respond to poverty with technology provision and training to explain why that shift happens and how it changes the identity and operation of schools, libraries, and cities.
I also have a secondary interest in surveillance and privacy, which I’ve explored in other research. I bring together my interests in labor, surveillance, and organizational change in my next major project: Selective: The Fight over ‘Fit’ in Organizational Life. Selective tells the story of different artifacts–performance reviews, job applications, pink slips–that large organizations build to clarify who does or does not belong, and how workers resist these measures.
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. 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.