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At CITAP, we study the intersection of politics and digital technology, researching technologies in the context of the people who design, use, and govern them. Our work unites multiple fields of study and methodological approaches with a shared Southern, public-institutional view and commitments to equality and justice. The theme for our fall 2022 lecture series is identity, institutions, and inequality.

CITAP is proud to host speakers whose work exemplifies our own commitments to holistic research grounded in social differences and conscious of the roles of power and institutions.

These researchers’ work explores political processes, democracy and equality, mis- and disinformation, and platforms, networks, and infrastructure. We hope that you’ll join us for the full series!

Victor Ray: On Critical Race Theory

Friday, September 23 at 11:00am in the Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall

Victor Ray is the F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Criminology and African American Studies at the University of Iowa and a Nonresident Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution.

His research applies critical race theory to classic sociological questions. His work has been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, American Sociological Review, American Behavioral Scientist, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Contexts, Ethnic and Racial Studies, The Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Sociological Theory. His work has won multiple awards, including the early career award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Southern Sociological Society’s Junior Scholar Award. Victor is also an active public scholar, publishing commentary in outlets such as The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, and Boston Review. Victor’s work has been funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

His new book, On Critical Race Theory: Why it Matters & Why You Should Care, explains the centrality of race in American history and politics, and how the oft-maligned CRT is a political necessity.

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Nancy Leong: Capitalizing on Identity in Public Life

Thursday, October 6 at 3:00pm in the Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall

Nancy Leong is a Professor of Law & William M. Beaney Memorial Research Chair at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

She has published extensively on topics related to constitutional rights and remedies, criminal procedure, antidiscrimination, law and culture, and judicial decisionmaking. Her scholarship has appeared or will appear in the California Law ReviewCornell Law Review, Georgetown Law JournalHarvard Law ReviewNorthwestern University Law ReviewStanford Law ReviewVirginia Law ReviewYale Law Journal, and the Journal of Legal Education, among many others.

Her new book, Identity Capitalists: The Powerful Insiders Who Exploit Diversity to Maintain Inequality, argues that the US preoccupation with diversity has allowed powerful people to eke out social and economic value from people of color, women, LGBTQ+ people, the poor, and other outgroups.

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Tamara K. Nopper: Crime Data and Policing Data as Open Data: Considering Research Ethics, Transparency, and Privacy

Thursday, November 10 at 3:00pm in the Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall

Tamara K. Nopper is a sociologist, writer, and editor. She is the editor of We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice, a book of Mariame Kaba’s writings and interviews (Haymarket Books), researcher and writer of several data stories for Colin Kaepernick’s Abolition for the People series and edited book, and guest editor of the recently published Critical Sociology forum “Race and Money.” Tamara’s research, academic publications, popular pieces, and public educational lectures focus on data literacy, surveillance, the U.S. criminal punishment system, immigrant and minority business capitalization, credit scoring, and the racial wealth gap.

She is a currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at Rhode Island College and Senior Researcher for the Labor Futures Initiative at Data & Society. She is an Affiliate of The Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies and was previously a Fellow at Data for Progress, a member of the inaugural cohort of the NYU Institute for Public Interest Technology, and a 2021-2022 Faculty Fellow at Data & Society as part of a cohort focused on race and technology.

This lecture explores the push for open data and transparency as it relates to crime and policing data. Focusing on crime data sources, systems like CompStat, and activist-oriented data sources on police violence, we will consider themes such as research ethics, transparency, and privacy, as well as abolitionist critiques of crime data and policing.

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