Emily Gillcrist

Deputy Director of Democracy and the Geopolitics of Tech

Emily Gillcrist is the Deputy Director of Democracy and the Geopolitics of Tech at IST. She is a cultural strategist, ethical tech researcher, and PhD Candidate in Cultural Analysis & Theory. Her work draws across knowledge domains to examine individual and mass psychology, media, ontology, and the materiality and politics of technology. She is particularly concerned with democracy and sustainability. She studied attention and inductive reasoning at the Conceptual Organization, Reasoning, and Education (CORE) Lab at Northeastern University; co-founded the New York Phenomenology Research Group at The New School for Social Research; and taught courses on media, tech, and society at Stony Brook University. She is also the founder of a virtual education organization, vitalthought.org, that makes critical humanities insight accessible outside of academia. Emily is passionate about cross-sector collaborations tackling the biggest problems of our time.