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Erhardt Graeff, Ph.D.

A smiling Erhardt Graeff

Assistant Professor of Social and Computer Science

MH 363


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

Select Courses Taught

Democracy and Media
Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship
Modeling and Simulation of the Physical World

Areas Of Interest

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.

Select Publications

Graeff, E. 2020. 'The Responsibility to Not Design and the Need for Citizen Professionalism.' Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility: The Past, Present and Future Values of Participatory Design (PDC2020 Workshop).

Graeff, E. 2019. 'Monitorial Citizenship.' In Hobbs, R & Mihailidis P, eds., The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy.

Graeff, E. 2019. 'Everyone Should Be Involved in Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Digital Surveillance Technology.' In Levinson, M & Fay, J, eds., Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
Graeff, E. 2019. 'How Silicon Valley Can Support Civic Empowerment.' Scholars Strategy Network.
Graeff, E. 2016. 'Youth Digital Activism.' World Youth Report 2015–Youth Civic Engagement. United Nations: New York, NY.
Graeff, E, Stempeck, M, & Zuckerman, E. 2014. 'The Battle for "Trayvon Martin": Mapping a Media Controversy Online and Off-line.' First Monday, 19, no. 2.
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