Addison Elizabeth Malone

Addison Elizabeth Malone


Troubling Access: Technologies for Public-Use at the New York Public Library (NYPL), 1997-2017


Addison Malone received her MA in sociology from Columbia University in 2019. Her research interests lie at the intersection of science and technology studies, critical sociologies of race and racisms, inequality, and organizational sociology. She is especially interested in the processes by which specific sociotechnical imaginaries—or the description of desirable and attainable futures—may embed institutional design, routine, and behavior in the adoption of technology and potentially entangle with progress frameworks which rationalize and sustain racial hierarchy (Jasanoff, Kim, and Sperling 2007; Seamster and Ray 2018). Her master's thesis discussed the results of an extended case method approach to analyzing archival materials related to the New York Public Library’s adoption of technology for public-use as triangulated with spatial data on home-broadband access, employment, and race in New York City between 1997 and 2017 (Burawoy 1998; Small 2009). Similarly concerned with organizational response to persistent inequalities in the case of pay, Addison currently serves as a research assistant at Columbia University under the direction of Professor Mabel Abraham.


B.A. in Visual Media Studies and African and African American Studies (with Honors), Duke University, 2015