A multidisciplinary research group
Language and Technology Lab


(1) digital platforms and infrastructures

Johnson, Amy. 2021. “Language Policy and the Arabic Localization of Twitter.” In K. Ryding & D. Wilmsen (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics, pp. 507-531. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Shestakofsky, Benjamin, and Shreeharsh Kelkar. 2020. “Making platforms work: Relationship labor and the management of publics.” Theory and Society 49(5): 863-896.

Kelkar, Shreeharsh. 2018. “Engineering a platform: The construction of interfaces, users, organizational roles, and the division of labor.” New Media & Society 20(7): 2629-2646.

Johnson, Amy. 2015. “Twitter and Public Scholarship.” Anthropology Now 7(1): 70–79.

(2) social media and communication

Wong, Jamie, Crystal Lee, Vesper Keyi Long, Di Wu, and Graham M. Jones. 2021. “‘Let’s Go, Baby Forklift!’: Fandom Governance and the Political Power of Cuteness in China.” Social Media + Society 7(2): 1-18.

Lee, Crystal, Tanya Yang, Gabrielle Inchoco, Graham M. Jones, and Arvind Satyanarayan. 2021. “Viral Visualizations: How Coronavirus Skeptics Use Orthodox Data Practices to Promote Unorthodox Science Online.” CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 8–13, Yokohama, Japan.

Johnson, Amy, and Graham M. Jones. 2020. “Language, the internet, and digital communication.” In The International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology. J. M. Stanlaw, ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Kelkar, Shreeharsh. 2019. “Post-truth and the search for objectivity: political polarization and the remaking of knowledge production.” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 5: 86-106.

Johnson, Amy. 2018. “On manual bots and being human on Twitter.” The Handbook of Japanese Media. Edited by Fabienne Darling-Wolf. New York: Routledge.  

(3) language in science and medicine

Loh,Timothy Y. 2022. “Language in Medical Worlds: Hearing Technology for Deaf Jordanian Children.” Medical Anthropology

Semel, Beth Michelle. 2021. “Listening Like a Computer: Attentional Tensions and Mechanized Care in Psychiatric Digital Phenotyping.” Science, Technology, & Human Values.

Semel, Beth Michelle. 2020. “The body audible: From vocal biomarkers to a phrenology of the throat.” Somatosphere, September 21

Semel, Beth Michelle. 2019. “Speech, signal, symptom: machine listening and the remaking of psychiatric assessment.” PhD diss., Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

(4) situated activity in expert practice

Zong, Jonathan and Beth Semel. 2021. “Form, Content, Data, Bodies: Jonathan Zong and Beth Semel on Biometric Sans.” Somatosphere, February 9.

Jones, Graham M., Beth Semel, and Audrey Le. 2015. “’There’s no rules. It’s hackathon.’: Negotiating commitment in a context of volatile sociality.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 25(3): 322-345.

(5) equity, social responsibility, and accessibility

Gonzalez Monserrate, Steven. 2022. “The Cloud Is Material: On the Environmental Impacts of Computation and Data Storage.” MIT Case Studies in Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing, Winter (January).

Wu, Di. 2021. “Cripping the History of Computing.” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 43(3): 68-72.

Loh, Timothy Y. 2021. “Not “just tools”: The framework of equivalence and cochlear implants in Jordan.” Somatosphere, June 15.

Kelkar, Shreeharsh. 2021. “Politics–Not Psychology–Drives Politics.” Public Books, April 29.

Coalition for Critical Technology (with Beth Semel), 2020, June. Abolish the #TechToPrisonPipeline.

Lundgard, Alan, Crystal Lee, and Arvind Satyanarayan. 2019 “Sociotechnical considerations for accessible visualization design.” In 2019 IEEE Visualization Conference (VIS) (pp. 16-20). IEEE.