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Matthew Connelly

Co-Director, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Professor of History

Mae Ngai

Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History

Karl Jacoby

Allan Nevins Professor of American History

Doctoral Dissertation Research: An Historical Study of Medical, Scientific, and Cultural Perspectives on Vision

This doctoral dissertation research project is a study of vision that traces the development of ophthalmology in early modern Europe. The research will use archival sources and historical analysis to investigate the ways in which the eye was studied, eye diseases were treated, and the knowledge of the eye was transmitted during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Europe. Knowledge of the eye not only formed a critical branch of medical and technological investigation, it was also of cultural and scientific significance.

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Recovering the Polyvalent Genealogies of Machine Learning, 1948 - 2017

Machine learning techniques currently make "high-stakes" judgments in areas as diverse as criminal justice, credit risk, social welfare, hiring, and congressional redistricting. Such techniques make these decisions using patterns learned from historical social data. Emphasis on prediction rather than the circumstances of dataset creation have led to machine learning systems that preferentially target vulnerable populations for disparately adverse social judgments while making it more difficult for those subject to these decisions to protest unfair treatment.

Matthew L. Jones

James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization

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