Erhardt Graeff

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Interim ADE Director; Assistant Professor of Social and Computer Science


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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 empowerment, and the ethical responsibility of technologists as stewards of democracy. His current research is on articulating the civic responsibilities of engineers and developing new forms of civic education within undergraduate engineering. His current pedagogy is organized around creating spaces for student-owned and -led public interest technology projects. He regularly consults with foundations, companies, and nonprofits on civic learning, civic engagement research, and civic technology design. Erhardt is an Assistant 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.

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