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Roderic Crooks

Assistant Professor.
Department of Informatics.
University of California, Irvine.


Roderic Crooks (he/him/his) is an assistant professor in the Department of Informatics at UC Irvine. His research examines how the use of digital technology by public institutions contributes to the minoritization of working-class communities of color. His current project explores how community organizers in working-class communities of color use data for activist projects, even as they dispute the proliferation of data-intensive technologies in education, law enforcement, financial services, and other vital sites of public life. He has published extensively in human-computer interaction (HCI), science and technology studies (STS), and social science venues on topics including political theories of online participation, equity of access, and document theory.

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Most work available open access via eSCHOLARSHIP:



Crooks, R. and Currie, M. (2021). Numbers will not save us: Agonistic data practices. The Information Society (in press).


Olgado, B.S., Pei, L., Shingane, M., Rana, S., Avakian, S., Vasques, K., Partida, E., and Crooks, R. (2021). Response-able ethics in computer science: Reflections on an NSF-REU program. (in prepraration). 


Crooks, R. (2019). Cat and mouse games: Dataveillance and performativity in urban schools. Surveillance & Society 17 (3/4), p. 484 – 498.







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Department of Informatics

5088 Donald Bren Hall

Irvine, CA 92697


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