Morgan Ames

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley

CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, Office for the History of Science and Technology, CSTMS, Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, CSTMS, Office for the History of Science and Technology
Affiliation period: January 2016 -


Degrees Ph.D. Communication; Minor in Anthropology :: Stanford University (2013)
M.S. Information Management and Systems :: University of California, Berkeley (2006)
B.A. Computer Science :: University of California, Berkeley (2004)
Research Areas

Morgan researches how the ideologies of computing cultures lead to specific design choices, policies, usage patterns, and other cultural and material articulations.

Morgan's current projects investigate the role, and limitations, of technological utopianism in education and development projects. Based on eight years of archival and ethnographic research, she is writing a book on One Laptop per Child which explores the motivations behind the project and the cultural politics of a model site in Paraguay. Her next project explores the founding narratives of computer scientists and the social meanings of technology reforms in education, focusing on a one-to-one laptop program and a makerspace in the “Iron Triangle” of Richmond, California.

Morgan was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing at the University of California, Irvine, working with Paul Dourish. Morgan's PhD is in communication (with a minor in anthropology) from Stanford, where her dissertation won the Nathan Maccoby Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2013. She also has a B.A. in computer science and M.S. in information science, both from the University of California, Berkeley.

last updated: June 1st, 2017