Madi Whitman is a cultural anthropologist and science and technology studies researcher who studies how technologies, institutions, and subjectivities are made together. Madi is interested in questions of surveillance and marginality in changing regimes of data collection at universities in the United States. In her pedagogical work, Madi is committed to engaging students in ongoing challenges around science, technology, and society. Prior to coming to Columbia, she was involved in collaborations with the National Science Foundation Center for Science of Information in creating critical data modules for students.
Madi earned a PhD in anthropology from Purdue University in 2020, where her dissertation research focused on the production of data and predictive analytics in higher education in the U.S. She was previously a Visiting Research Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.