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Berkman Klein Center Announces 2020-2021 Community

Berkman Klein Center Announces 2020-2021 Community

BKC is pleased to announce incoming and returning fellows, faculty associates, and affiliates for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Berkman Klein 2020-2021 incoming fellows

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce incoming and returning fellows, faculty associates, and affiliates for the 2020-2021 academic year. Together with BKC faculty, staff, and alumni, the incoming cohort will pursue research, collaborations, and community-building to address issues at the intersection of technology and society, with a commitment to the public interest. 

“It’s a pleasure to welcome this new community to the Berkman Klein Center for the upcoming year, and I’m excited to learn from and with this incredible group of scholars, practitioners, and thinkers from around the world,” said Urs Gasser, the Executive Director of BKC. “Community is key to our work at the Berkman Klein Center, and together with our new cohort, we will explore and debate pressing issues through various lenses, share research and ideas, and build upon our robust, inclusive network to create work with real-world impact.” 

In light of the ongoing pandemic, the first term of the 2020-2021 academic year will be held remotely – a summons to innovation for an Internet research center. While physical presence, activities, and events have been at the core of BKC’s fellowship program since its inception, we’ve built in regular virtual connection points and meetings, activities, and events to welcome the new cohort and help enrich its work. 

Incoming fellows are joined by new faculty associates and affiliates with experience working in companies, organizations, and academic institutions around the globe. These community members form and strengthen the bonds of the growing BKC network of people who bring a broad range of backgrounds, expertise, and perspectives.  

“The Berkman Klein fellowship is an opportunity both to dive into the details of difficult and timely problems, and also to take a step back and a more comprehensive look at them,” said BKC co-founder Jonathan Zittrain. “Our aim is to empower people to better understand a challenge, whether they’ve just encountered it or have been grappling with it for years, and to draw in others in a search for creative solutions.”

Rebecca Tabasky, the Center’s Director of Community, noted, “During a moment in time where people worldwide are rising together to demand justice -- racial, climate, economic, LGBTQIA+, gender, disability, immigrant, and beyond -- it is our privilege to welcome such a dazzling chorus of voices to the Center. Together, through their desire to learn and grow in community, and their commitment to the rigorous study of the ways in which the Internet and technologies impact lives, they will help to strengthen and amplify each others' calls for change and progress.”

The BKC fellowship program aims to “create a protocol, a culture, a spirit that puts the emphasis on being open, being kind, being good listeners, being engaged, being willing to learn from one another.” The following individuals will join the BKC community as fellows on September 1, 2020. 

Joining the community in 2020-2021 as Berkman Klein fellows:

Yves DaccordYves Daccord just completed his 10 years tenure as Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Yves is now in the process of creating, together with Dr. Urs Gasser, and leading a PoP-Up Institute at BKC on the control of human flows and the role of cities in the age of digital surveillance and pandemics.
Jad EsberJad Esber is the co-founder of Koodos where his work anchors on creative expression online - the focus of his work at BKC. He also regularly writes & speaks about youth and the internet.  He was previously at YouTube where he worked across creator partnerships, product and marketing. He spearheaded a number of the platform’s efforts on social issues in Europe. He has a degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard.
Rob EschmannRob Eschmann is an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Sociology, and Faculty Affiliate in the African American Studies Program. His research investigates the intersections between race, education, and social media. As a fellow, he will be completing his book with the University of California Press, When the Hood Comes Off: Racism and Resistance in the Digital Era.
Aarathi KrishnanAarathi Krishnan specializes in the intersection of humanitarian futures, strategic foresight, and systems transformation. For the past 15 years, her work has been focused on a set of interrelated questions: how can we create a more just, textured and inclusive humanitarian system? And how might we adjust these dynamics to lead to new “landscapes of the possible”? Her research focus is to decolonize humanitarian digital policy for more equitable futures.
Crystal LeeCrystal Lee is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT, where she studies the political and social implications of data visualization. Her work shows how mapping data is an embodied practice that encodes arguments about gender, ability, and modernity in the user interface, and her research at the Berkman Klein Center focuses on how data visualizations about the pandemic circulate on social media.
John MaldonadoJohn Maldonado is a Ph.D. candidate in the sociology department at Princeton University. His research interests include far-right politics, social movements, and online radicalization. 
Sahar MassachiSahar Massachi’s work straddles social movements and the tech industry. He recently left the Facebook civic integrity team after almost 4 years at the company. He is researching the political economy of tech giants, the structure of the modern advertising industry, design principles for better social media, and generally how to nurture the good parts of the internet while reforming the bad.
Jessica MeyersonJessica Meyerson is Director for Research and Strategy at Educopia and co-director of The Maintainers. She is interested in how groups that span professional and epistemic communities reach and sustain alignment overtime.
Jacquelene MwangiJacquelene Mwangi is a doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School. Her interests lie at the intersection of law, technology and innovation theories, and political economy. As a fellow, she will study the political economy of emerging technologies in Sub-Saharan African societies.
Babatunde OkunoyeBabatunde Okunoye is a researcher on digital society. He led research at Paradigm Initiative, a digital rights and inclusion organization in Africa. Babatunde’s research focuses on the use of aggregate search engine queries to inform public policy and international development, particularly in statistically poor contexts of developing countries
Ivan PetrellaIvan Petrella is the Edmond J. Safra/Berkman Klein Center Joint Fellow-in-Residence. He served in government as Director of Argentina 2030, the President’s table for long term strategic thinking and Secretary of Culture. Prior, he was a tenured professor at the University of Miami. He will focus on the impact that technological innovation has on democracy, focusing on contributions liberation theology can make to current debates.
Allissa RichardsonAllissa Richardson, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School. She is the author of the bestselling book, Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones and the New Protest #Journalism (Oxford University Press, 2020). At the Berkman Klein Center, Dr. Richardson will work to design a platform that archives the smartphone footage of journalist-activists ethically.
Nathan SandersNathan Sanders is a data scientist focused on creating open technology to help vulnerable communities and all stakeholders participate in the analysis and development of public policy.  Nathan earned his Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics at Harvard University and has helped build and lead data science teams in industry at Legendary Pictures, WarnerMedia, and Flagship Pioneering.
Roslyn SatchelRoslyn Satchel is a critical race studies activist-scholar. She serves as the Blanche Seaver Professor of Communication at Pepperdine University, teaching law, ethics, and communication courses. At the Berkman Klein Center, she will study the impact of digital technology/media on resisting/reporting intimate partner violence, with special attention to the effects of COVID-19 policies.
Trebor ScholzR. Trebor Scholz is a scholar activist and Founding Director of the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at The New School in NYC. He will work on an activist guide to the future of the gig economy tentatively titled Own This! The book analyzes the global platform cooperativism movement through the lens of case studies and worker interviews -- focusing on what happens when you take the cooperative business model to the digital economy. 
Shani ShishaShani Shisha is a doctoral student at Harvard Law School, and his research focuses on the intersection of video games and copyright law.
Zahra StardustZahra Stardust is a socio-legal scholar working at the intersections of sexuality, criminal law, human rights, and justice. Her work is informed by her experience as an activist, advocate, and researcher with community organizations, NGOs and UN bodies. Her doctoral work examined queer and feminist pornographies as a social movement and at BKC she will explore governance, decision-making, and accountability in the moderation of sexual content online.
Rian WanstreetRian Wanstreet is a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington in Communication/Science, Technology, & Society. Her work sits at the intersection of adoption, media, security infrastructure, and algorithmic mediation. At the Berkman Klein Center, she will analyze the quickly-developing AI/ML infrastructures and technologies in global agriculture. Her goal is to ensure that algorithmically-mediated systems in agriculture prioritize equitable and sustainable development.
Tom ZickTom Zick has her PhD from UC Berkeley and researches the intersection of open data governance, AI ethics, and cybersecurity. During the fellowship, she will study how reinforcement learning may manipulate behavior in high-stakes domains as well as potential policy levers to appraise these dynamics and mitigate their effects. 

Joining as faculty associates:

Burcu Baykurt, Margaret Bourdeaux, Sameer Hinduja, Barbara Lauriat, Stefania Milan, Laura Robinson, Nishant Shah, Sarah Sobieraj, Latanya Sweeney, Amanda Third, Salil Vadhan, Inês Vitorino Sampaio, Kerstin Vokinger, Jeff Ward, Moira Weigel, Crystal Yang

Joining as affiliates:

Katya Abazajian, Santiago Amador, Lauren Chambers, Kasia Chmielinski, Phoebe Chua, Colin Doyle, Sophie Dyer, Paul Fehlinger, Jonas Fischer, Xianhong Hu, Shagun Jhaver, Sonia Jorge, Laura Larke, Maroussia Lévesque, Eduardo Magrani, Micaela Mantegna, Laura Montoya, Daniel Mwesigwa, Nana Nwachukwu, Thomas Philbeck, Anna Magdalena Polomska, Dario Rodighiero, Claudio Ruiz, Jessy Kate Schingler, Zahra Takhshid, Elodie Viale, Holmes Wilson

Continuing their engagement with Berkman Klein projects as fellows:

Sandra Cortesi, Rosemary Leith, Oumou Ly, Sarah Newman, Momin Malik, Padmashree Gehl Sampath, Bruce Schneier, Hal Roberts, Alexandra Wood

The Berkman Klein Center is proud of and grateful to the following returning community members who will retain affiliations in the coming year.

Returning as faculty associates:

Ifeoma Ajunwa, Danielle Allen, Virgilio Almeida, David Arney, Solon Barocas, John Basl, Susan Benesch, Francine Berman, Fernando Bermejo, Lionel Brossi, Herbert Burkert, Danielle Citron, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Nick Couldry, Primavera De Filippi, Juan Carlos De Martin, Judith Donath, Finale Doshi-Velez, Niva Elkin-Koren, Jeannette Estruth, Christian Fieseler, Mayo Fuster Morell, Christoph Graber, Kishonna Gray, Mary Gray,  Eszter Hargittai, Woodrow Hartzog, Samer Hassan, Jérôme Hergueux, Benjamin Mako Hill, Nien-hê Hsieh, Karen Huang, Malavika Jayaram, Dariusz Jemielniak, Leslie John, Jonas Kaiser, Vasilis Kostakis, Harry Lewis, Andres Lombana-Bermudez, Asaf Lubin, Colin Maclay, David Malan, Brandeis Marshall, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Jasmine McNealy, James Mickens, Russell Newman, Dietmar Offenhuber, Desmond Patton, Najarian Peters, Leah Plunkett, Paola Ricaurte, Nagla Rizk, Maria Rodriguez, Aaron Shaw, Hyunjin Seo, Abbey Stemler, Alexander Trechsel, Zeynep Tufekci, Effy Vayena, Sandra Wachter, j. Siguru Wahutu, Apryl Williams, Christopher Wilson, Ethan Zuckerman

Returning as affiliates:

Rediet Abebe, Doaa Abu Elyounes, Nele Achten, Chinmayi Arun, Elettra Bietti, Beatriz Botero Arcila, Doreen Bogdan, Celina Bottino, John Bowers, Scott Bradner, Naniette Coleman, Leonard Cortana, Jack Cushman, Emma Day, Jessica Dheere, Ron Dolin, Joan Donovan, evelyn douek, Brenda Dvoskin, Andy Ellis, Rob Faris, Hannane Ferdjani, Mailyn Fidler, Camille Francois, Nathanial Freitas, Noa Gafni, Mariel Garcia Montes, Dipayan Ghosh, Aaron Gluck-Thaler, Siobhan Grayson, Ben Green, Andrew Gruen, Nikolas Guggenberger, Armando Guio Espanol, Meeri Haataja, David Homa, Lily Hu, Nani Jansen Reventlow, Aida Joaquin Acosta, Amy Johnson, Nathan Kaiser, Rachel Kalmar, Dragana Kaurin, John Kelly, Danil Kerimi, SJ Klein, Jenny Korn, Vivek Krishnamurthy, Maciej Kuziemski, Greg Leppert, Yvonne MacPherson, Ryan Merkley, Sabelo Mhlambi, Mary Minow, Patrick Murck, Timothy Neff, Mutale Nkonde, Juan Ortiz Freuler, Julie Owono, Daniel Oyolu, Quentin Palfrey, Jonathan Penn, Jon Penney, Kathy Pham, Lorrayne Porciuncula, Julia Reda, Elizabeth Renieris, Afsaneh Rigot, Naomi Scheinerman, Elaine Sedenberg, Wendy Seltzer, Boaz Sender, Jake Shapiro, Beau Sievers, Ram Shankar Siva Kumar, Ben Sobel, Fabro Steibel, Gosia Stergios, John Stubbs, Peter Suber, Joana Varon, Salome Viljoen, Todd Wallack, David Weinberger, Jordi Weinstock, Baobao Zhang, Adam Ziegler

Over the course of the 2020-2021 year, additional people may be appointed to join us in the community in the above modes of affiliation.

About the Berkman Klein Center

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is dedicated to exploring, understanding, and shaping the development of the digitally-networked environment. A diverse, interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, technologists, policy experts, and advocates, we seek to tackle the most important challenges of the digital age while keeping focus on tangible real-world impact in the public interest. Our faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates conduct research, build tools and platforms, educate others, form bridges and facilitate dialogue across and among diverse communities. More information at

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