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morgan_currie_picMy research broadly probes the way cultural, political, and economic factors interact with the design and development of information infrastructures. My recent research examines the production and circulation of open government data, and how these datasets interact with social, political, and economic systems.  I start with these data infrastructures’ historical beginnings and follow them through their standardization in policy, their circulation in technical systems, and their reuse by the public. I use interviews, participant observation, primary historical materials, and case study analysis to form an understanding of how public data reshape modes of administration, private sector alliances, and political subjectivity. The topic of emerging data infrastructures grows increasingly important as these systems condition the possibility for new economies, forms of governance, civic behavior, and political struggle.

Currently I am a postdoctoral fellowship with the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University. In April, 2018, I will begin as Lecturer in Data and Society in the Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Information Studies at UCLA in 2016, and my MLIS from the same department in 2014. I have a Masters in New Media from the University of Amsterdam (2011).