[ madeleine clare elish ]


// bio & c.v.


I am a cultural anthropologist focusing on the social impact of artificial intelligence and automation. My research investigates how new technologies affect understandings of values and ethical norms, particularly in professional and labor contexts.

Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at Columbia University and previously earned an S.M. in Comparative Media Studies at MIT. My dissertation examines how the socio-technical systems of drone operations are implicated in changing conceptions of skill, honor and military service in the United States.

I also work as a researcher with the Intelligence and Autonomy Initiative at Data & Society Research Institute which develops empirical and historical research in order to ground policy debates around the rise of machine intelligence.

I have also worked as a freelance researcher, conducting qualitative research for firms interested in developing new strategies based on social science and ethnographic insights. Once upon a time, I worked for a design firm called Patten Studio that creates all kinds of interactive projects, interned at WNYC's On the Media, and worked for the contemporary art gallery gavin brown's enterprise.

You can find my most recent CV here.