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Assistant Professor
E397E Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-6151
Additional Title(s)
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Socially Responsible AI
Affiliated Faculty, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
Ph.D., Information, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Research Interests

Dr. Cindy Lin is an ethnographer and information scientist. Her work centers on the data practices, exchanges, and expertise of climate change and their relationship to race and environmental governance in Indonesia and the United States. Her work is situated at the intersections of feminist science and technology studies, critical data studies, and postcolonial studies. Prior to her professorship at Penn State, she was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at Cornell Tech's Digital Life Initiative as well as a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell Atkinson Centre for Sustainability and Cornell's Department of Information Science. She earned a doctoral degree from the School of Information at the University of Michigan, where she received the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Dr. Lin's scholarship has appeared in computing venues such as ACM CHI, DIS, and PD as well as humanistic venues such as Social Text, e-flux, University of Nebraska Press, and elsewhere. She has also co-authored two multigraphs, Technoprecarious (MIT Press/Goldsmiths Press, Nov 2020) and Digital Energetics (University of Minnesota Press, 2023). She directs the Critical Technocultures Lab.

Research Keywords
Feminist Science and Technology Studies
Critical Data Studies
Postcolonial Studies
Environmental Studies