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Megan Finn

Megan Finn

Information Science
University of Washington
Fellow, 2021-22

During her time at CASBS, Megan Finn will be working on a book project called Inconvenient Data.  Using historic research approaches along with document analysis and interviews, her project will tell stories about datasets that rearticulate space as dangerous and people as vulnerable, what Finn calls inconvenient data. Through ongoing comparative case studies, Finn will examine several moments of inconvenient data across environmental and health disasters by focusing on the infrastructures which produce and mediate data for various publics. The proposed project builds on scholarship conducted on the intersection of disasters and information infrastructures for earthquake publics, which culminated in Finn’s first book, Documenting Aftermath: Information Infrastructures in the Wake of Disaster (MIT Press, 2018). In disasters, the institutions, people, and practices that support the ongoing production of infrastructure are existentially challenged. Documenting Aftermath is a historic examination of how information and communication infrastructures shaped people’s unequal experiences of earthquakes in Northern California.Finn also works in the area of computing and information ethics and governance.

Finn is an associate professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley. For more information about Finn’s work, visit http://www.meganfinn.org/