Hi!

Portrait of the artist as an old queer

I’m Os Keyes, a PhD student in the Data Ecologies Laboratory at the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centred Design & Engineering, where my advisor is Professor David Ribes. I’m also part of the Science, Technology and Society Studies (STS) program, where I’m advised by Professor Anna Lauren Hoffmann, and an affiliate of the Computer Supported Collaboration Lab.

My joke title is “Sociologist with Menaces” - I sit somewhere between Gender Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, and STS. My current projects investigate how models of gender are encoded within dataset and algorithm design, non-binary experiences in navigating gendered (virtual or real) infrastructure, and collaborative practices in the design of computational systems. More broadly my interests are data ethics, gender, infrastructure and control.

My research methods are more ethnographic and experiential than quantitative, despite the name of my department, although I do come from a quantitative background. Current work is centered on content analysis and qualitative interviews, with a grounding in feminist methods. Theoretically, I draw from ethnomethodology, symbolic interactionism and (some) critical theorists.

I can be contacted for random questions, speaking engagements and offers of high-value cheques at okeyes @ uw . edu. Please note my title is “Mx”, not “Ms”, “Miss”, or “Mr” - I’ll also answer to “Doctor” but it’s a wee bit premature ;).