Kate's current research research focuses on the intersection of technology, culture, and power. Her dissertation research examines the role of race and gender in the contemporary discourse around learning to code. She has a BA in English (cum laude) from Barnard College, Columbia University, and received her MSc in Media and Communications (Merit) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also a Joint Fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Technology, Society & Policy (CTSP) and Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC).
Kate has had research appointments in the Research department at Twitter and the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England; before her academic career, she worked in social media strategy and advertising for close to a decade. Kate has published scholarly work on a variety of topics relating to technology and culture, including gender and computing, digital culture, online antagonism, and Big Data; her work has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals Science, Technology and Human Values, Social Media & Society, International Journal of Communication, First Monday, Feminist Media Studies, and Mobile Media and Communication. Kate's research has also been featured in Wired, Slate, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Time, and the BBC.You can find more about her at katemiltner.com.