Gina Neff

Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute and the Department of Sociology

I am joining from the University of Washington in Seattle where I was in the Departments of Communication and Sociology and was a Senior Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute. My research is at the intersections of economic sociology, cultural sociology, and the social science discipline of communication. I study innovation, the digital transformation of industries, and the impact of new technologies and data on work, organizations, and institutions. Three of my long-term field sites have been the media, health care, and construction industries. My first book Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries (MIT Press, 2012) about the rise of internet industries in New York City won the 2013 American Sociological Association Communication and Information Technologies Best Book Award. My new book, Self-Tracking (MIT Press, 2016), is a primer for the public that focuses on the practices and politics of using consumer technologies to track health and other everyday personal metrics. My next book on how new information and communication technologies require new ways of working and the challenges of implementing these changes at industrial and institutional scales is woefully overdue. My Ph.D. is in sociology from Columbia University where I remain an external faculty member at the Center on Organizational Innovation.