Research

I am keenly interested in the implementation of humane technologies.  It’s just that I understand “technology” very broadly–not only in terms of computers and communications, but also the cognitive processes of our brains.  Indeed, I view race as socio-cognitive technology, and I view my work as a sort of academic “hacking” of the system.

Overview

As suggested on my home page, my broad interest is about “technologies,”   understood in a very broad sense.   Much of my writing concerns communication technologies (including cyberspace), and the social impacts of new information structures.  More specifically, I have focused on information privacy and pervasive computing (when the Internet is embedded everywhere).

My other research interest is race and race relations.  My work falls within the broad category of critical race studies, which critically examines the mutually constitutive role of race and law.  My early work focused on Asian Americans, with respect to hate crimes and affirmative action.  I’ve also written extensively on the internment of Japanese Americans.  Currently I’m most excited about importing the vocabulary, findings, and insights of implicit social cognition (e.g. implicit bias) into critical race studies.  This work is guided by a commitment to “behavioral realism.”

Arguably my most creative work merges my interests in communications and race and examines their interrelations.  In this vein, I’ve written about mass media policy, net neutrality, and on-line communities.

Most of my work is available in full text on-line, listed below chronologically.

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