Safiya
U.
Noble
Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication

Program

Communication (B.A.)
Communication (Ph.D.)

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Expertise

Critical information studies
Digital technology and internet policy development
Information and/as control
Privacy and surveillance
Race, gender and sexuality in information communication technologies
Racial and gender bias in algorithms
Search engine ethics
Technological redlining

Dr. Safiya U. Noble is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication. She is the recipient of a Hellman Fellowship and the UCLA Early Career Award. Noble’s academic research focuses on the design of digital media platforms on the internet and their impact on society. Her work is both sociological and interdisciplinary, marking the ways that digital media impacts and intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and technology design. Her critically-acclaimed monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines is entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press). She currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies,  Feminist Media Studies, and Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, and is the co-editor of two books: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online, and Emotions, Technology & Design and several articles and book chapters. Safiya holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Fresno with an emphasis on African American and Ethnic Studies.