Anna Beers

Anna Beers

Jaylexia Clark is a Policy Post Doctoral Fellow for the Center for Information Technology and Public Life. Recently she graduated from the University of Notre Dame where she obtained her Ph.D. in sociology, with a minor in Quantitative Social Science. Her dissertation "Racing Towards Global Racial Capitalism: Investigating the Relationship Between Racial/Gender Inequality and Platform Technology at Work" examines the intersection between platform technology and racial capitalism. Wherein, she investigates whether the use of platform technology for income-earning activities creates new opportunities for labor participation or exacerbates the exploitation of women and racially marginalized workers. Through three different case studies, she demonstrates how gendered racial inequality is reproduced in the platform economy. In each case study she finds that platform technology does not transform the extent to which occupations inherited by the platform economy are racialized and gendered. Rather, platform technologies help to streamline the exploitative nature of historical racialized and gendered-capital relations. As a post-doctoral scholar, she will continue to explore themes related to her dissertation work on the intersection of race, technology, and labor.