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Assistant Professor
E397G Westgate Building
288 Burrowes Road, University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-6317
Additional Title(s)
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence
Ph.D., Information and Media, Michigan State University
M.L.I.S., Library and Information Sciences, Drexel University
B.A., English, Temple University

Kelley Cotter is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at The Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. in information and media from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in library and information science from Drexel University. Her research explores how data-centric technologies shape social, cultural, and political life, and vice versa. Her most recent work focuses on how people learn about and make sense of algorithms, and how such insight may be mobilized in efforts to govern platforms. Dr. Cotter’s work has been published in New Media & Society, Information, Communication & Society, and the proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).

Research Keywords
Critical Algorithm Studies
Critical Data Studies
Digital Literacy
Algorithmic Literacy
Platform Governance
Science & Technology Studies
Social Media
Digital Culture