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. I am supported by and an inaugural winner of the Ada Lovelace Fellowship.

My joke title is “Sociologist with Menaces” - I do some messy combination of gender studies, science and technology studies, and human-computer interaction. 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. I like critical theory despite myself and ethnomethodology despite ethnomethodologists.

I have been quoted in and done work with (amongst other entities) Forbes, The Boston Globe and Motherboard, and been published in both Slate and Real Life. My full C.V. can be found here. 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 ;).