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Eden Medina is Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and Associate Professor of Informatics and Computing 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 Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile, which won the Edelstein Prize for outstanding book in the history of technology, the Computer History Museum Prize for outstanding book in the history of computing, and the Book Prize of the Recent History and Memory Section (honorable mention) of the Latin American Studies Association. Her co-edited volume Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology and Society in Latin America received the Amsterdamska Award from the European Society for the Study of Science and Technology. Her current research studies how nations use science and technology to address histories of dictatorship and state violence and how science and technology intertwine with processes of truth, justice, and repair. More broadly her research studies the history of science and technology in Latin America and the ways that political projects shape, and are shaped by, new technological capabilities and forms of knowledge production that are deemed scientific.

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. She has taught 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, editorial board member of Hispanic American Historical Review, and executive council member of the Society for the History of Technology. 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, technology and human rights, crisis communication and infrastructure during natural disasters, big data and algorithmic regulation, and the history and social study of technology, science and technology in Latin America.

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Recent and Upcoming Talks

  • 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 Article: Eden Medina, "Forensic Identification in the Aftermath of Human Rights Crimes in Chile: A Decentered Computer History," Technology and Culture 59 (4 Supplement)(2018): S100-S133.
  • Media: You can hear me talking about science and technology in Latin America on the Ventricles podcast of the Science, Religion and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School.
  • Keynote: I delivered the keynote at the 10th Annual SIGCIS Conference "Stored in Memory" in October 2018.
  • New appointment: Honored to be joining the Executive Council of the Society for the History of Technology.
  • Talk: I presented excerpts from my current book project Bones and Lives at Princeton University in September as part of the Davis Center seminar on Law & Legalities.
  • Media: You can hear me talking the social and political aspects of computing on the Greater than Code podcast! Transcript available.
  • New book chapter: Hilary Charlesworth, Sally Engle Merry, B.S. Chimni, Javier Couso, Terence Halliday, Outi Korhonen, Vivian Lin, Eden Medina, Leslye Obiora, César Rodríguez-Garavito, Gregory Shaffer, Rene Urueña, Ruth Okediji, "International Organizations and the Technologies of Governance," Rethinking Society for the 21st Century: Report of the International Panel on Social Progress Vol. 2, Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Media: Le Monde Diplomatique names Le Projet Cybersyn: La cybernétique socialiste dans le Chili de Salvador Allende a book of the month (June 2018, science category).
  • Media: You can hear me talking about my book Cybernetic Revolutionaries on the New Books Network podcast.
  • 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).
  • Talk: I delivered the talk "Unmaking Truth After Dictatorship: Science, Memory, and the Disappeared" in April 2018 as part of the Harvard University History of Science Seminar.
  • Congratulations to my doctoral student Paula Mate on receiving a Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant and my doctoral student Christopher Miles on receiving an NSF STS Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant!
  • 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.
  • New Essay: Eden Medina, "Memories of the Yagan: The Chilean Automobile for the People," Technosphere Magazine, April 2017.
  • Upcoming travel: Excited to be spending part of summer 2017 at the Freie Universität Berlin Institute for Latin American Studies to work on the project "Computing in Dictatorships and Democracies."
  • Editorial: Eden Medina, "The Power of Paper," The Hill, December 2, 2016.
  • New Essay: Eden Medina, "The Politics of Networking a Nation," Public Books, November 2016.
  • Keynote: "The Historiography of Latin American Science and Technology in the Long Cold War," Traveling Technocrats: Experts and Expertise in Latin America's Long Cold War, Yale University, October 14, 2016.
  • Media: My research appeared on the popular design podcast 99 percent invisible.
  • 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 article: Eden Medina & Ilan Sandberg Wiener, Science and Harm in Human Rights Cases: Preventing the Revictimization of Families of the Disappeared, 125 Yale L.J. F. 331 (2016), [pdf]
  • 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."
  • Travel: Upcoming trip to Istanbul, Turkey (August 27-29) to attend the meeting of lead authors for the International Panel of Social Progress Report "Rethinking Society for the 21st Century."
  • Conference: Attended Foocamp 2015 in Sebastopol, CA.
  • Teaching: I will be teaching in the Systems Engineering Department this summer at the Universidad de Ibague in Colombia.
  • Beyond Imported Magic "highly recommended" by Choice Magazine.
  • 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.
  • New Essay: Eden Medina, "The Cybersyn Revolution," Jacobin Magazine, Spring 2015.
  • New Article: Stephanie Kane, Eden Medina and Daniel Micheler, "Infrastructural Drift in Seismic Cities: Chile, Pacific Rim, 27 February, 2010," Social Text, 122 (2015): 71-92.
  • Keynote: "Big Data Lessons from Our Cybernetic Past," Strata + Hadoop World, San Jose, California, February 2015.
  • New Grant: Recipient of a Scholar's Award from the National Science Foundation for the project "A Study of Computer-Mediated Evidence in Cases of Human Rights Violations."
  • Keynote: "Rethinking Algorithmic Regulation," World Organization for Systems and Cybernetics, Ibague, Colombia, October 2014.
  • New Book: Eden Medina, Ivan da Costa Marques, and Christina Holmes, eds., Beyond Imported Magic: Essays on Science, Technology and Society in Latin America, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2014.
  • Award: Honorable Mention "Young Investigator," 2014 Recent History and Memory Book Prize (awarded by the Recent History and Memory Section of the Latin American Studies Association).
  • Training: Graduated from Yale Law School (MSL 2014).
  • Grant: Received a 2014 Jesse Fine Fellowship from the Poynter Center for Ethics and American Institutions.


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