Open Reader Position -ISF 100J- Spring 2023

Course Title: The Social Life of Computing

Instructor: Shreeharsh Kelkar

Time: TuTh 930-11 am

Room: 212 Wheeler

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 attend lectures and help the instructor supervise the active learning activities in the classroom, grade three essay assignments (1000-2000 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 and comes with a tuition waiver.  The syllabus for an earlier edition of the course can be found here (along with lectures). 

If this might be of interest, 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.