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Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick is an author, educator, and speaker. His work focuses on politics, culture, technology, and social change. His recent books include The Good Drone (MIT Press, 2020) and What Slaveholders Think (Columbia, 2017) and shorter work has appeared in Slate, Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Aeon, and TIkkun. Austin lives in California and holds academic appointments in England and the United States. Find him on Twitter at @achoifitz.

Teaching Summary

Dr. Choi-Fitzpatrick is particularly interested in discipline transgressing projects. A recent project, funded by the National Science Foundation, focused on sociotechnical pedagogy, and led to the… read more

Research Summary

Books and Edited Work

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2020. The Good Drone: How Social Movements Democratize Surveillance. MIT Press.

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin and Gordon Hoople. 2019. Drones for Good: An Integrated Approach for Developing a Sociotechnical Mindset. Morgan & Claypool (Synthesis Lectures on Engineers, Technology, and Society).

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2017. What Slaveholders Think: How Contemporary Perpetrators Rationalize What They Do. Columbia University Press.

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin (ed). 2016. Journal of Human Trafficking. Special Issue 2(1): "Slaveholders and Traffickers."

Brysk, Alison and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick (eds). 2012. From Human Trafficking to Human Rights: Rethinking Contemporary Slavery. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Recent Articles on Human Rights and Social Movements

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2016. "From Rescue to Representation: A Human Rights Approach to the Contemporary Anti-Slavery Movement." Journal of Human Rights.

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2015. "Democracy and its Appearances: Staging and Scripting the Iron Law." Social Movement Studies. 14(2).

Vaidyanathan Brandon, Michael Strand, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, Thomas Buschman, Meghan Davis, and Amanda Varela. 2015. "Causality in Contemporary American Sociology: An Empirical Assessment and Critique." Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin. 2014. "Drones for Good: Technological Innovation, Social Movements and the State. Journal of International Affairs. Volume 68; Number 1. 1-18.

McVeigh, Rory, Josh Dinsman, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, and Priyamvada Trivedi. 2011. "Obama vs. Clinton: Categorical Boundaries and Intra-Party Electoral Outcomes." Social Problems 58(1): 47-68.

Recent Articles on Technology and Engineering

Elizabeth Reddy, Gordon Hoople, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick. 2018. "Peace Engineering: Investigating Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Effects in a Team-Based Course About Drones", in American Society for Engineering Education.

Gordon Hoople, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick. 2017. "Engineering Empathy: A Multidisciplinary Approach Combining Engineering, Peace Studies, and New Technology," in American Society for Engineering Education, Cleveland, Ohio.

Choi-Fitzpatrick, Austin and Tautvydas Juskauskas. 2015. "Up in the Air: Applying the Jacobs Crowd Formula to Drone Imagery." Procedia Engineering 107.

Dr. Choi-Fitzpatrick is particularly interested in discipline transgressing projects. A recent project, funded by the National Science Foundation, focused on sociotechnical pedagogy, and led to the publication of Drones for Good: How to Bring Sociotechnical Thinking into the Classroom (Morgan & Claypool, 2019).

He is also interested in educational modalities that transgress the "sage on the stage" classroom model. This has led to classes that have worked in teams to conduct research, co-author reports, host pitch competitions, and build drones.

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