Biography

Luke Stark is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Fairness, Accountability, Transparency and Ethics (FATE) Group at Microsoft Research in Montreal, QC. His scholarship examines the history and contemporary societal impacts of AI and other digital media facilitating social and emotional interaction, highlighting the asymmetries of power, access and justice that are emerging as these systems are deployed in the world, and the social and political challenges that technologists, policymakers, and the wider public face as a result.

Luke has previously been a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Dartmouth College, a Fellow and Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and an inaugural Fellow with the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Technology, Society, and Policy. He completed his PhD in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University in 2016 under the supervision of Helen Nissenbaum, and holds an Honours BA and MA in History from the University of Toronto.

Luke's research has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, New Scientist, and on Canada's CBC Radio.

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Luke has been published widely in both academic and popular venues, and has been funded at various points in his academic career by the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Science Foundation, the Government of Ontario, and New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and its Provost’s Global Research Initiatives. Luke is a proud native of Toronto, Canada.

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