Noelle Stout will return to CASBS as a research affiliate (she was a fellow at CASBS in 2016-17) to study the human impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, focusing on questions of worker displacement and the implicit gendered dynamics of automation and robotics. Collaborating on the CASBS Catalyst research network, Stout will help to bring together scholars, industry professionals, and community stakeholders in the Silicon Valley to probe the groundbreaking potential, as well as the pitfalls, of rapidly developing AI technologies.
Stout’s ongoing research focuses on the interplay of major economic transformations and the micropolitics of daily life. Her forthcoming book, Dispossessed: How Predatory Bureaucracy Foreclosed on the American Middle Class (UC Press) traces the pernicious afterlife of the 2008 mortgage crash. Stout’s previous research analyzed the cultural consequences of introducing market-based tourism to Cuba, resulting in an award-winning book, After Love: Queer Intimacy and Erotic Economies in Post-Soviet Cuba(Duke, 2014) and a prize-winning documentary Luchando (2008), which has circulated internationally.
Stout is an associate professor of anthropology at New York University. Her research has won support from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Furman Center for Real Estate and Public Policy, among others. She earned her BAS and MA in anthropology and feminist studies from Stanford University and a PhD in anthropology from Harvard University.