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Graduate Student Instructors & Reader Positions

ISF Graduate Student (GSI) and Reader positions are listed below.

All positions are pending budgetary approval


Reader Positions

Course: ISF 100J
Course Title: The Social Life of Computing
Instructor: Shreeharsh Kelkar
Class #20288
Time: TuTh 11am-12:30pm at 212 Wheeler
2 reader positions available.

ISF 100J: We live in a time which some characterize as the “second machine age” of automation, artificial intelligence, and big data. This course introduces students to the technical, social, business, and political entanglements of computing from its late 19th century origins to the 21st century software industry. The topics covered include the intersections of computing with: calculation, capitalism, intelligence, gender, work, automation, and expertise. It satisfies the social and behavioral sciences breadth requirement as well as the Human Contexts and Ethics requirement of Berkeley’s Data Science major.

We require two readers for this course, preferably PhD or Master’s students familiar with the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and the social studies of computing/information. The reader will be expected to to attend lectures and help the instructor supervise the active learning activities in the classroom, grade three essay assignments (1000-2500 words each), and make sure that the weekly forum posts are submitted and mark them (for participation). The class is expected to have roughly 100 students. Graduate students interested in STS, information studies, as well as history, anthropology, and sociology will find the topics to be useful in their own work as well. The reader position is expected to require 10 hours a week (25%) and comes with a tuition waiver. Please review the lectures for ISF 100J.

For graduate students who are interested, please send an email to with your CV. In the CV, please be sure to describe your familiarity with the topic and your teaching experiences, especially here at Berkeley.

Please note: Readers are paid $19.53 an hour and are hired at 25% variable time, which is equivalent to a total of 170 hours for the semester. Total work hours will be finalized based on enrollments and will be adjusted accordingly.