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Malte Ziewitz

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Media, Culture, and Communication
Information Law Institute
New York University


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First State Exam Law 2003 (Hamburg), M.P.A. 2006 (Harvard), D.Phil. 2012 (Oxford)

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the Information Law Institute at New York University. Broadly based in Science and Technology Studies (STS), ethnography, and public policy, my research revolves around the practicalities of evaluation, governance, and accountability in digitally networked environments -- the dynamics at work, the values at stake, the design options at hand. In my doctoral work, I looked at the practical politics of novel review, rating and ranking schemes in healthcare and search engine optimization (SEO).

I work with Helen Nissenbaum, Steve Woolgar, and the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing. I also collaborate with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (public policy), Christian Pentzold (communications studies), Theo Röhle (media studies), Ian Brown (computer science), Fadhila Mazanderani (sociology of health), and the Oxford STS group.

Previously, I was a McCloy Fellow at Harvard University, a Non-resident Fellow at the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen, a Junior Researcher at the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, and a member of multidisciplinary research teams at Harvard, Oxford, St. Gallen, Hamburg and the OECD. My work has been supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the German National Academic Foundation, an OII/PGP Scholarship, the Heinz Schwarzkopf Foundation, the Keble Association, and the German Academic Exchange Service.

In July 2014, I will be joining the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University as an Assistant Professor.

Research interests

Science & technology studies; governance and accountability relations; sociology of evaluation; digital media; online reviews, ratings, rankings; computational approaches to privacy; ethnography; ethnomethodology



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