Madisson Whitman

Madisson Whitman

Graduate Student // Anthropology

Ph.D. Candidate // Anthropology

Office and Contact

Room: STON B1

Email: mwhitma[at]purdue[dot]edu


Interests: big data and algorithms; identity and subjectivity; power and agency; classification and marginalization; institutions; expertise; infrastructure; surveillance; failure

Madi is a cultural anthropologist and STS researcher who studies how technologies, institutions, and subjectivities are made together, with a current focus on the social production of data at universities in the U.S.

Madi was a Visiting Research Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology & Society at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2018-19 and is consistently involved in a range of critical data projects, which include collaborations with the NSF Center for Science of Information and work on a Purdue Mellon Global Grand Challenges Grant for Big Data Ethics.


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