Jordan Joseph Brensinger

Jordan Joseph Brensinger

jjb2173@columbia.edu
Department: 
Sociology
Areas of Interest: 
Big data, culture, education, inequality, race and ethnicity, science and technology
Biographical Note: 

Jordan Brensinger is a Ph.D. student and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow. His ongoing work lies at the intersections of culture, inequality, science and technology, organizations, and education. He is currently completing a project, based on a year-long ethnography, exploring the moral orders that animate American higher education and their impact on the moral identities of minority students.

In his dissertation project, he plans to explore how the rise and expansion of "big data" and "data science" transforms important social processes, including human subjectivity, social classification, and ethical decision-making around technology.

Jordan recieved a B.A. in Mathematics and Spanish from Messiah College, where he focused on mathematical theory and Latino politics in the United States. After working in commercial real estate, he transitioned to service in the education development sector in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, during which time he also completed a Certificate in Middle East Cultures and Religions at Jerusalem University College. After returning to the United States, Jordan studied social policy with an emphasis on inequality and domestic and global higher education, earning his M.I.A. from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. As this brief blurb suggests, he has met a lot of fantastic people and places around the world while serving in various capacities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

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