Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Stanford University

Angèle Christin

Angèle Christin is a sociologist and a postdoctoral fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute, the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, and The New School for Social Research. She studies the effects of algorithms in fields and organizations where technologies of quantification challenge expertise, professional values, and work practices.

In her doctoral research, entitled Between Clicks and Pulitzers: How American and French Web Journalists Decide What Counts, Angèle analyzed the growing importance of audience analytics  in web journalism in the United States and France. Drawing on ethnographic methods, she found that American and French journalists make sense of traffic numbers (‘clicks’) in different ways, which in turn has distinct effects on news production in the two countries.

In her current research project, she studies how algorithmic quantification reconfigures existing forms of legal expertise by examining the rise of predictive algorithms and risk-assessment tools in the criminal justice system.

Angèle published two books to date: an ethnographic analysis of a courthouse in the outskirts of Paris (Emergency Hearings: An Inquiry on Judiciary Practice, La Découverte, 2008) and an examination of recent theoretical and methodological trends in sociological research (Contemporary Sociology in the United States, with E. Ollion, La Découverte, 2012). Angèle is an alumna from the Ecole normale supérieure (Paris). She received her PhD in Sociology from Princeton University and the EHESS (Paris) in 2014.

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    D&S affiliate Angèle Christin writes a response piece to Cathy O'Neil's Weapons of Math Destruction. "One of the most striking findings of my research so far is that there is often a major gap between what the top admini... Read on Points
    October 2016
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