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Sasha Costanza-Chock (she/they/ella/elle) is a researcher and designer who works to support community-led processes that build shared power, dismantle the matrix of domination, and advance ecological survival. They are a nonbinary trans* femme. Sasha is known for their work on networked social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha is presently the Head of Research & Sensemaking at and a tenured Associate Professor at Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media, & Design. Sasha is also a Faculty Associate with the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a member of the Steering Committee of the Design Justice Network ( They are the author of two books and numerous journal articles, book chapters, and other research publications. Sasha’s most recent book, Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need, was published by the MIT Press and is available Open Access at


Dec 17, 2012

Youth and Social Movements: Key Lessons for Allies

We have much to learn from young people who are already engaged in mobilizing their peers, families, and communities towards positive social transformation. This paper discusses…


Aug 24, 2018

#MoreThanCode: Practitioners reimagine the landscape of technology for justice and equity

A new report analyzes the current technology ecosystem through interviews and focus groups with almost 200 technology practitioners.

Feb 15, 2011

Questions for Secretary Clinton concerning "Internet freedom"

Faculty associate Matthew Hindman provoked an energetic email exchange among members of the extended Berkman Center community today, in anticipation of Secretary Clinton's …


Morning Brew

Behind the scenes: How Twitter decided to open up its image-cropping algorithm to the public

Twitter’s recent opening of its image-cropping algorithm is a step forward in social media research, Sasha Costanza-Chock tells Morning Brew.

Sep 27, 2021
New Books in Technology

Interview: Design Justice

Sasha Costanza-Chock discusses their book Design Justice on New Books in Technology

Jul 27, 2020
MIT News

Design, power, and justice

Sasha Costanza-Chock discusses their new book, "Design Justice"

Mar 3, 2020
Business Insider

Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon are under pressure to drop gender labels from AI tools

Google's decision to drop labels like "man" and "woman" from their image tagging AI pressures other companies to do the same. But Sasha Constanza-Chock argues that it isn't enough.

Mar 1, 2020
Ideas on Fire Podcast

Imagine Otherwise: Sasha Costanza-Chock on Design Justice

How can putting marginalized people at the very center of design and technology change the world for the better?

Feb 19, 2020
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

"Technology isn't the driver of social movements, it's the other way around"

A Q&A with BKC faculty associate Sasha Costanza-Chock

Dec 19, 2019
Public Books

Designing AI with Justice

How the design of sociotechnical systems can be one means of dismantling or transforming systems of oppression

Oct 23, 2019
Journal of Design and Science

Design Justice, A.I., and Escape from the Matrix of Domination

Listening to the voices of the most marginalized people "is essential if we want to make space for many worlds, many ways of being, knowing, and doing, in our visions of A.I. and…

Jul 27, 2018


Mar 30, 2011 @ 6:00 PM

Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group

at Yale Law School

Charlie DeTar of MIT on "Research, Service, and Ethics in contested spaces: How definitions can go wrong"; Seeta Peña Gangadharan of Yale on "Data integration and segregation:…

Mar 1, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

Transmedia Mobilization

Sasha Costanza-Chock, Berkman Fellow

Media scholar/activist Sasha Costanza-Chock will discuss Transmedia Mobilization: "Don't ask 'is teh internets + or - for social movements?', look @ what movements r doing 2…