Sarah Myers West

Postdoctoral Researcher
AI Now Institute
New York University
sarah [at] @sarahbmyers

Gender, Race and Power in AI


My research engages with the culture, politics and practices of technology developers, and incorporates both historical and ethnographic methods. My current projects explore themes of power and resistance in the history of AI. 

I received my doctoral degree in 2018 from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. My dissertation examined the cultural history and politics of encryption technologies from the 1960s to the present day. I’ve published my work in journals including New Media & Society, the International Journal of Communication, Policy & Internet and Business and Society.


  • Jan. 27 - Carleton College, Northfield, MN

  • Feb. 18 - Tandon School of Engineering, NYU, NYC

  • Feb. 25 - Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

  • Jul. 30 - Information Security Group, Royal Holloway University of London

  • Oct. 30 - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Organizing in Tech, Past and Present

A Cultural History of Cryptography and the Internet

© 2020 by Sarah Myers West