Britt Paris


Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science


Alexander Library 408A

Britt S. Paris is a critical informatics scholar using methods from discourse analysis and qualitative social science to study how groups build, use, and understand information systems according to their values, and how these systems influence evidentiary standards and political action.  


University of California - Los Angeles
PhD, Information Studies

The New School
MA, Media Studies


Paris' research and teaching emphasize the following themes:

  • Interrogating contemporary discourse and practice around using data-driven technology to solve growing social, political, and environmental problems.
  • Uncovering ethical and aesthetic assumptions built into Internet infrastructure.
  • Understanding the labor, economics, and systems of power that undergird today’s information and communication landscape.
  • Collaborative, cooperative information systems design.

These streams of research focus on developing a broader understanding of the social, political, economic, and historical forces that have shaped our current information and communication environment to allow us to envision new technological systems that might better support the future we want.

Centers, Labs, Working Groups, and Clusters

Selected Publications

Paris, B. (December, 2021). Configuring Fakes: Digitized Bodies, the Politics of Evidence, and Agency. Social Media + Society, 1-13.

Paris, B., Reynolds, R., McGowan, C., (October, 2021). Sins of Omission: Critical Informatics Perspectives on Higher Education Learning Analytics. Journal for the Association for Information Science and Technology, 73(5) 708-725.

Paris, B. (January 2021). Time constructs: Design ideology and a future internet. Time & Society. 30(1):126-149. https://doi:10.1177/0961463X20985316

Paris, B. (November, 2020). The Internet of Futures Past: Values Trajectories of Networking Protocol Projects. Science, Technology & Human Values 46 (5), 1021-1047.

Currie, M., Paris, B., Pasquetto, I. V., and Pierre, J. (August, 2016). The Conundrum of Police Officer-Involved Homicides: Counter-Data in Los Angeles County. Big Data & Society 3 (2), 1-14.

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