Who We Are


Jessie Daniels, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert on internet manifestations of racism and a fellow at Data & Society (2018 – 2019). She is the author or editor of five books, among them White Lies (Routledge, 1997) and Cyber Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), which offer a look at white supremacy before and after the internet. She is currently at work on a new book, Tweet Storm: The Rise of the Far Right, the Mainstreaming of White Supremacy, and How Tech and Media Helped. In careers outside and adjacent to academia, Daniels has worked in the tech industry and at Rikers Island. She is a Professor at Hunter College (Sociology) and The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY), in Sociology, Critical Social Psychology, and Africana Studies.


Mutale Nkonde is a US-based policy analyst and a fellow at Data & Society (2018 – 2019) in New York City. Nkonde works at the intersection of race, AI, and policy. She has been working as a senior tech policy advisor for Congresswoman Yvette Clarke since 2016. Nkonde was part of the team that helped introduce the Algorithmic Accountability Act into the House of Representatives in April 2019, and is currently considering a series of data privacy proposals. Mutale is also an international speaker, and her work has been covered in the MIT Technology Review.


Darakhshan Mir, PhD, is a Jane Griffith Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Bucknell University, working on issues of data privacy, and was a fellow at Data & Society (2016 – 2017). Prior to that, she was the Norma Wilentz Hess Fellow at Wellesley College and earned her PhD in Computer Science at Rutgers University. Her research consists of examining questions about privacy in algorithmic, information-theoretic, and, more recently, in social contexts. She enjoys challenging herself and her students to think more deeply about our “nerd privileges” and question our “unbridled technological optimism.”

This project was conceived and launched under Data & Society’s Fellowship Program. Data & Society is a research institute focused on the social and cultural issues arising from data-centric technological development

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