Graduate Teaching Fellow
Office: 307 Bynum Hall
Office Hours: By appointment
B.A., Anthropology and Sociology, University of Vermont
M.A., Communication and Culture, York University
Douglas studies the relationships among work, finance, and everyday life. He is concerned with how media technologies shape the ways in which we measure and compare value, as well as with the impact of these forms of measurement on work and organization. His research touches on a number of common valuation technologies, including credit scoring algorithms, time tracking software, and emergent forms of digital money. He asks how these different mechanisms of mediating our relation to value function to (1) concretize abstract economic forms within people’s daily experience, (2) shape what it is we claim to find valuable, and (3) structure projects of political intervention and resistance. Douglas’s past work has looked at the representation of time (particularly the temporality of the labor process) in contemporary critical theory. His other interests include continental philosophy and materialist approaches to cultural and intellectual history. More information about his work can be found at www.dspielman.net.