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Malte Ziewitz

Assistant Professor
Department of Science & Technology Studies
Cornell University


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

I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell 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). More recently, I have been working with computer scientists and sex researchers on computational approaches to protecting privacy and confidentiality in large social science data sets.

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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and the Information Law Institute at New York University, 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.

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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Fall 2014

Spring 2015

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Department of Science & Technology Studies
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Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Last updated: July 14, 2014