Eden Medina is Associate Professor of Informatics and Computing, Affiliated Associate Professor of
Law, and Adjunct Associate Professor of
History at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research uses technology as a means to understand historical processes and she combines history, science
and technology studies, and Latin American studies in her writings.
She is the author of the prizewinning book
Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile and the co-editor of the prizewinning book Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on
Science, Technology and Society in Latin America. Her previous work uses Latin American history as a way to illustrate how political innovation can spur
technological innovation; how political projects shape the design, function, and use of computer systems; how computers have been used historically to bring about structural
changes in society; the limitations of data-driven decision making; and how technologies can help us understand the nuances of historical change in areas of the world
outside of the United States. Her current book project, Bones and Lives: Making and Unmaking Truth After Dictatorship (Duke University Press, under contract),
studies how nations use science and technology to address histories of dictatorship and state violence and the ways science and technology intertwine with processes of truth, justice, and repair.
Medina received her Ph.D. from MIT
in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology.
She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a Master in
Studies of Law from Yale
Law School. At Indiana University, she teaches courses on social informatics, data and society,
computer and information ethics, technology and the First Amendment,
geographies of technology, and the history of technology. She is an affiliated fellow of the Information Society
Project at Yale Law School, member of the academic council of the AI Now Institute, and
editorial board member of Hispanic American Historical Review.
Previous appointments include serving as a Fulbright Specialist in Engineering Education
and directing the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University. In addition to her books, she has
published on topics as diverse as computer science education, the making
of global corporate culture, crisis communication and infrastructure
during natural disasters, big data and algorithmic regulation, free and
open source software, the history and social study of technology,
science and technology in Latin America, and the relationship of technology and politics.
New Position: I changed institutions as of July 1, 2019. I am now Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. However, I will retain my affiliation with Indiana University for the coming year.
Forthcoming: Eden Medina and Mark Carey, "New Narratives of Technology, Expertise, and Environment in Latin America: The Cold War and Beyond," Itineraries of Expertise: Science, Technology, and the Environment in Latin America, Andra Chastain and Timothy Lorek, eds. (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming 2020).
New appointment: I am now a faculty affiliate of the IU Data Science Program.
Conference: I will be on a roundtable organized by InfraReg, a network of scholars interested in the relationship of law, infrastructure, and technology, at the June 2018 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association (LSA).
New appointment: Honored to be joining the academic council of the AI Now Institute and forming part of the growing community of scholars studying the political and social implications of AI, machine learning, and algorithmic decisionmaking.
Travel: During the 2017-2018 academic year I'll be traveling to the Data & Society Institute, Northwestern University, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and Harvard University.
Book Contract: I'm pleased to announce that my next book is under contract with Duke University Press.
Award: 2016 Amsterdamska Award from the European Society for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) given to Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology and Society for "the most creative collaboration in an edited book in the broad field of science and technology studies."
Upcoming travel: This fall I'll be on leave at the Maurer School of Law, but I will be traveling to Barcelona, Notre Dame, and Yale. In the spring I'll be traveling to Lisbon, Berlin, Lima, Santiago, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and Berkeley.
Congratulations to my doctoral student Dongoh Park, who will begin working as a policy specialist at Google this fall!
New appointment: I joined the editorial board of Hispanic American Historical Review in July 2016.
Training: As part of my current project on data collection in human rights cases, I completed a forensic anthropology summer course on bone trauma taught by Steven A. Symes.
Keynote: "The Promise and Peril of Computer Technology in the Area of Human Rights," Mistakes Were Made 2.0, NYU, April 15, 2016.
New Affiliation: I'm excited to announce that I am now Affiliated Associate Professor of Law at Maurer School of Law.
Spring travel: This spring I will be traveling to Stanford, Princeton, NYU, and Yale. You can also catch me at the AHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
New article: Eden Medina, "Rethinking Algorithmic Regulation," Kybernetes, 44 (6/7)(2015): 1005-1019.
Sabbatical: I will be in Santiago, Chile from the end of August to the beginning of January working on the research project "How Data Become Law: Computer-Mediated Evidence in Cases of Human Rights Violations."
Congratulations to my doctoral student David Nemer, who will begin as an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science this fall!
New Book Review: Eden Medina, "Book Review of Conflicts in the Knowledge Society: The Contentious Politics of Intellectual Property by Sebastian Haunss
," Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66 (4) (2015): 869-871.