Karen Levy studies the legal, organizational, and social aspects of data-intensive technologies. Levy’s research focuses on what happens when we use digital technologies to enforce rules and make decisions about people, particularly in contexts marked by conditions of inequality. She uses tools from qualitative social science and legal analysis to investigate these issues. A good deal of Levy’s research considers the impacts of data-intensive technologies on work and workers: her book, Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance, is a deep dive into how digital surveillance is upending the lives of long-haul truckers in the United States.
- Ann S. Bowers Research Excellence Award, Cornell, 2022
- Fellow, New America, 2019
- Nicholas C. Mullins Prize, Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), 2015
- Levy, K. (2022). Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance. Princeton University Press
- Levy, K., Chasalow, K., and Riley, S. (2021). Algorithms and Decision-Making in the Public Sector. Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 17, 309-334
- Moradi, P., and Levy, K. (2020). The Future of Work in the Age of AI: Displacement or Risk-Shifting? Oxford Handbook of Ethics of AI (M. Dubber, F. Pasquale, and S. Das, eds.). Oxford University Press
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