Critical Perspectives on Data and Identity

Instructor(s): Evan Lieberman, Fotini Christia

Course level: Undergraduate

Offered this Academic Year: Yes

Course term: Spring

Course number: 17.511

Course description:

Examines how group identities are recorded as "data" in various domains, and the effects of data collection on the formation of identities, inequality, redistribution and conflict around the world. Compares approaches to recording personal information on household censuses and surveys, college admissions forms, via automated, computer-based systems (AI), and other systems. Draws upon a wide variety of primary materials, and scholarly works from political science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and economics.