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University of Michigan School of Information

Silvia Lindtner

Silvia Lindtner

Associate Professor of Information, School of Information, Associate Professor of Art and Design, Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design and Assistant Professor of Digital Studies Institute, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Email: Phone: 734/936-0671
Office: School of Information/4384 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing


Silvia Lindtner (she/her) is Associate Professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information and Associate Director of the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC). Lindtner's research interests include cultures and politics of technology innovation and entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the gendered and racialized forms of labor necessary to incubate entrepreneurial life and sustain technological promise. Lindtner draws from more than ten years of multi-sited ethnographic research, with a particular focus on China's shifting position in the global political economy of technology production, economic development, and science and technology policy. She is the author of Prototype Nation: China and the Contested Promise of Innovation (Princeton University Press, 2020).

Lindtner is a founding member of Precarity Lab, a research collective working on various forms of insecurity, vulnerability, and social and cultural exclusion that digital platforms produce and mediate and the co-founder of the China research collective Hacked Matter, dedicated to critically investigating processes of technology innovation, urban design, and maker-manufacturing cultures.

Lindtner's research has been awarded support from the US National Science Foundation, IMLS, Intel Labs, Google Anita Borg, and the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation. Her work has appeared at ST&HV (Science, Technology, and Human Values), ESTS (Engaging Science, Technology and Society), SocialText, Women’s Studies Quarterly, China Information, ToCHI, ACM SIGCHI (Human-Computer Interaction), ACM CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing), among other venues.



Areas of interest

science and technology studies, cultural and feminist anthropology, China studies, HCI (human computer interaction), computer supported cooperative work and social computing (CSCW), global communication studies, technology policy, design

Honors & Awards

CUSP (China-US Scholars Program), 2021-22


PhD, Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine
BS/MS of Applied Science, Media Technology and Design, University of Hagenberg, Austria


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Lindtner: What might be OK on Chinese social media today is not OK tomorrow

Now that all major U.S. platforms have left China, UMSI associate professor Silvia Lindtner lends insight into what the world’s largest social media market looks like, including shifting regulations and expectations of self-censorship.

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UMSI professor and PhD student awarded prestigious CUSP fellowship

Silvia Lindtner, associate professor of information and associate director of the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing, and University of Michigan School of Information PhD student Allegra Fonda-Bonardi, are among a group of 48 scholars to be awarded the highly competitive 2021-2022 China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP) Fellowship.

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