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Elizabeth Anne Watkins

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Elizabeth Anne Watkins studies work and technology, and is completing her doctorate at Columbia University where she’s advised by David Stark. Trained as an organizational sociologist in the field of Communications, she uses interviews, analysis of online communities, and surveys to understand how people interpret and strategize around the algorithmic tools they use in their work.

With a special interest in the sociotechnical nexus of AI, usable security, and privacy, she’s writing her dissertation on facial recognition in spaces of algorithmic management. She has published or presented at the conferences on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Algorithmic Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT), the security conference USENIX and co-located workshop USENIX FOCI, and the annual meetings of the Academy of Management (AOM) and the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S). She holds a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is also a researcher at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, a member of the Columbia Center on Organizational Innovation, and an affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute. She is thrilled to be joining the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy in January 2021.