Steve Jackson is a Professor of Information Science and Science and Technology Studies, with additional graduate field appointments in Communication and Public Affairs. He’s also the former Chair of Information Science and former Dean of William Keeton House. Since July 2023, he has also served as Vice-Provost for Academic Innovation at Cornell.  

Dr. Jackson teaches and conducts research in the areas of technology ethics, law and policy; maintenance, repair and sustainability; and technology, inequality and global development. His work is shaped by ideas coming out of American pragmatism, political economy, and science and technology studies, along with analytic traditions coming from sociology, anthropology, philosophy, history, media studies, law, and information science sub-fields like human-computer interaction and computer-supported cooperative work. He’s especially interested in places where new computing practices meet social and material worlds, with implications for infrastructure, collaboration, sustainability, global change, inequality, and cultural practice (including in music and art). He’s also interested in places where computing meets unsettled legal, institutional, and ethical terrains, and the processes by which these encounters get structured, codified, normalized, and reduced. His research with students and collaborators has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (including an NSF CAREER award), the Social Science Research Council, Ford Foundation, Sloan Foundation, World Bank, Intel Research, Atkinson Center for Sustainability, and the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council. He has published more than 90 peer reviewed papers, given keynotes and invited talks around the world, and has received more than twenty paper awards at leading venues in the computing and information science fields. His most recent venture is the Computing On Earth Lab, an experimental collaboration that brings together social scientists, humanists, artists and engineers to rethink the material and planetary foundations of computing.