Associate Professor Jenny L. Davis

Associate Professor
School of Sociology
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research interests

Dr. Davis's work follows two broad and overlapping trajectories in social psychology and technology studies. She focuses on role-taking, status, stigma, and identity, along with technological affordances and the politics of digital design. 


Jenny Davis received her PhD in Sociology from Texas A&M University in 2012. After 3 years as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at James Madison University (Virginia, USA), she joined The School of Sociology at ANU in 2017. 

Jenny's research intersects social psychology and technology studies, with a particular focus on identifying and reducing inequality as it materializes in technological systems. She is the Deputy Director of ANU’s Humanising Machine Intelligence Program and Past Chair of the Communication, Information Technologies, & Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. She holds an ARC DECRA Fellowship leading a project on ethics in Australia's technology start-up sector and is the founder and Lead of ANU's Role-Taking Lab, established through a Futures Scheme grant. Her work is published in flagship journals from sociology, social psychology, and new media studies and her book, How Artifacts Afford: The Power and Politics of Everyday Things (2020), is out with MIT Press.


Jenny is on Twitter @Jenny_L_Davis



Projects and Grants

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