I joined the U of M in 2012. I previously worked at the University of Illinois and Oxford University. I hold the Ph.D. in Communication from Stanford (2002). I study the processes and consequences of digital media -- specifically, the computer systems that curate and organize culture.
My current research focus is on the algorithmic systems that curate and organize culture via social media. I am interested in the way that these complex sociotechnical infrastructures come to take the durable shape that they do, and why this is significant for society. The key concerns of my research career so far have been justice, fairness, and equity within and through new information technologies. To maximize the impact of my work I have often specifically focused on populations that are ignored or even harmed in course of technological development.
Plantin, J.-C., Lagoze, C., Edwards, P. N., & Sandvig, C. (in press). Infrastructure studies meet platform studies. New Media & Society. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1461444816661553 (preprint).
Sandvig, C., Hamilton, K., Karahalios, K., & Langbort, C. (2016). When the Algorithm Itself is a Racist: Diagnosing Ethical Harm in the Basic Components of Software. International Journal of Communication 10. http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/6182
Eslami, M., Karahalios, K., Sandvig, C., Vaccaro, K., Rickman, A., Hamilton, K., & Kirlik, A. (2016). First I "like" it, then I hide it: Folk Theories of Social Feeds. Proceedings of the 34rd Annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): 2371-2382. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2858494
Soeller, G., Karahalios, K., Sandvig, C., & Wilson, C. (2016). MapWatch: Detecting and Monitoring International Border Personalization on Online Maps. Proceedings of the 25th Annual World Wide Web (WWW) Conference, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): 867-878. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2883016
Sandvig, C. (2015). The Internet as the Anti-Television: Distribution Infrastructure as Culture and Power. In: L. Parks and N. Starosielski (eds.), Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures, pp. 225-245. Chicago: University of Illinois Press. (Best Edited Collection Award, Society for Cinema and Media Studies [SCMS], 2015-2016) http://bit.ly/INETantiTV
Sandvig, C. & Hargittai, H. (2015). How to Think About Digital Research. In: E. Hargittai & C. Sandvig (eds.), Digital Research Confidential, pp. 1-28. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. http://bit.ly/THINKaboutDIGITAL