Portrait of Dan Greene

Dan Greene

Postdoctoral Researcher


Dan is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England. A former social worker, Dan’s research focuses on the technologies and institutions that teach us how, why, and where to work in the information economy. His dissertation (and current book project, tentatively titled The Promise of Access: Hope and Inequality in the Information Economy) draws on extensive ethnographic fieldwork to explore the reproduction of the digital divide and how urban institutions like startups, charter schools, and public libraries make the problem of poverty a problem of technology and remake themselves in the process. He received his PhD in 2016  from the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, where he was also a University Flagship Fellow and a member of the EViD (Ethics and Values in Design) Lab. Through EViD, Dan conducted a series of  research projects on mobile app developers’ design values–comparing how iOS and Android developers learn about, define, and design for ideas like 'privacy' and 'trust.'

As a Postdoctoral Researcher, Dan will be beginning his next major project, studying the automation of human resources management–particularly the development of technologies for hiring and firing. He is also pursuing side projects on the supply chains for social media and the real estate economy for data centers and Internet Exchange Points. Dan's work has been published in TripleC, Surveillance & Society, and the International Journal of Communication. His research, teaching, and thinking touches the fields of cultural studies, labor studies, information and media studies, political economy, urban studies, and critical theories of neoliberal governance and development. Teaching materials and research completed and in-progress are shared at dmgreene.net