Erhardt Graeff

he / him / his

Associate Professor of Social and Computer Science


Erhardt Graeff portrait


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  • Ph.D., Media Arts and Sciences, MIT
  • S.M., Media Arts and Sciences, MIT
  • M.Phil., Sociology, University of Cambridge
  • B.S., International Studies, RIT
  • B.S., Information Technology, RIT


  • Public Interest Technology
  • Civic Technology
  • Civic Education
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Ethics in Engineering and Design

Erhardt Graeff is an educator, social scientist, and public interest technologist. 

He works on the design and use of technology for civic engagement, civic learning, and social justice, and on the ethical responsibility of technologists as stewards of democracy. His current research is on articulating the responsibilities of engineers as citizens, developing new forms of civic education within undergraduate engineering, and community-engaged collaborative data science to help organizations fighting mass incarceration. His pedagogy is organized around creating spaces for student-owned and -led public interest technology projects. Erhardt is an Associate Professor of Social and Computer Science at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and a faculty associate at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He holds a PhD in Media Arts and Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Erhardt serves as Olin’s designee to the Public Interest Technology University Network.