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PhD Book Club

The PhD Book Club is an interdisciplinary group of PhD students with the shared goal to critically examine the role of technology and media in upholding existing systems of oppression. Every quarter, we select a book and discuss its chapters in combination with critical work by scholars who have been minoritized in conversations in both academic thinking and mainstream media. We aim to expand the work we read, bring critical perspectives into our research work, and create a space for cross-lab and cross-discipline workshopping of related work.

If you are interested in joining the email list for the club, you can contact Sohyeon Hwang (sohyeonhwang [at] with a short self-introduction.

Please note that the group is typically made up of PhD students. However, if you are an undergraduate student, non-PhD graduate student, or independent learner who will commit to the entire reading schedule, please reach out to one of the current organizers.

Current organizers: Jack Bandy (jackbandy [at], Sohyeon Hwang (sohyeonhwang [at] , Priyanka Nanayakkara (priyankan [at], Sachita Nishal (

Our wonderful past organizers: Emily Wang

Spring 2023


The book for Spring 2023 is Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism by Benedict Anderson. Please reach out to one of the organizers if you would like to get looped into the email list!

Past Reads

Winter 2023, Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest by Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum

Fall 2022, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Spring 2022, Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India by Lilly Irani

Winter 2022, Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance by Moya Bailey

Fall 2021, Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds by Arturo Escobar

Winter 2021, Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter by Charlton D. McIlwain.

Winter 2021Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change by Victor Papanek

Fall 2020, Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need by Sasha Costanza-Chock

Summer 2020, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code by Ruha Benjamin

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