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Christian Sandvig

H Marshall McLuhan Collegiate Professor of Digital Media, Professor of Information, School of Information, Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, Professor of Communication and Media, Professor of Digital Studies Institute, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Art and Design, Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design Email: [email protected] Phone: 734/763-0861
Office: Communication Studies/5385 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website Lab group Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing News About Christian Sandvig


Sandvig is a faculty member at the School of Information specializing in the implications of information technology for society. He co-directs the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC). His current research focuses on the implications of algorithmic systems that filter and curate culture. Before moving to Michigan, Sandvig taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Oxford University. Sandvig's research has been covered by The Economist, The New York Times, Le Monde, National Public Radio, CBS News, and other media outlets. His own writing appears in Wired and The Guardian. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. He has consulted for Intel, Microsoft, and the San Francisco Public Library.



Areas of interest

Infrastructure studies, science and technology studies, information policy, ethics, human-computer interaction, algorithmic fairness and justice

Honors and awards

UMSI Award for Impact in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

ICA Outstanding Public Research Award

Steelcase Research Professorship, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan

US National Science Foundation Faculty Early-Career Development Award (the NSF CAREER), Human-Centered Computing

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Next-Generation Leader in Science and Technology Policy

Academic Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Prior Top Paper / First Prize at ACM CHI, ICA CAT, AEJMC MC&S, TPRC. Honorable Mention at ICWSM.

Chapter contributor, Best Edited Collection Award, SCMS.

Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement, University of Illinois

Teaching Award, "Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students," Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Illinois (5 time winner)

John & Mary R. Markle Fellow in Information Policy, Oxford University

Patricia and Rowland Rebele First Amendment Fellowship, Stanford University

Phi Beta Kappa


BA summa cum laude, University of California, Davis

MA, Stanford University

PhD, Stanford University

News about Christian Sandvig

Featured on Wired. Christian Sandvig, professor of information. Gabriel Grill, doctoral candidate. Military AI’s Next Frontier: Your Work Computer.
Sandvig and Grill: Regulators need to protect worker’s privacy

For Wired, UMSI professor Christian Sandvig and doctoral candidate Gabriel Grill discuss the dangers of surveillance technology used by companies on American workers.

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"2023 UMSI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards"
UMSI announces 2023 DEI Awards recipients

UMSI recognizes 14 individuals for their positive impact on the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

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