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Rodrigo Ochigame

Assistant Professor

Name
Dr. R.K. Ochigame
Telephone
+31 71 527 2727
E-mail
r.k.ochigame@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Rodrigo Ochigame is an assistant professor in the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University. Their research examines unorthodox models of computational rationality, such as nonclassical logics from Brazil, nonbinary Turing machines from India, and frameworks of information science from Cuba. Their teaching specialties include digital anthropology, the anthropology of science and technology, and the social dimensions of robotics and artificial intelligence. Ochigame received a BA with highest honours from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

More information about Rodrigo Ochigame

Research

Ochigame’s current book project, Remodeling Rationality: An Inquiry into Unorthodox Modes of Logic and Computation, is a historical and ethnographic investigation of unorthodox models of computational rationality, such as nonclassical logics from Brazil, nonbinary Turing machines from India, and frameworks of information science from Cuba.

Ochigame’s essays have appeared in New Left Review, Logic, Phenomenal World, and The Intercept. A recent article, Informatics of the Oppressed, won the 2020 Bob Williams Research Paper Award from the Association for Information Science and Technology, for tbe best research paper by any author on “all topics relevant to the history of information science and technology.”

Ochigame also designs works of software that seek to address epistemological and political concerns raised by social-scientific scholarship. A recent project with Katherine Ye, Search Atlas, visualizes how Google search results differ across locations and languages. Another project, Relata, is an experimental tool for collaborative indexing and exploratory search of humanistic literature, developed in cooperation with the Society for Cultural Anthropology.

At Leiden, Ochigame is part of the Digitalization Research Cluster.

Teaching

Ochigame’s teaching specialties include digital anthropology, the anthropology of science and technology, and the social dimensions of robotics and artificial intelligence. They regularly supervise student theses.

Education

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

BA with highest honours, University of California, Berkeley

Links

Rodrigo Ochigame’s personal website

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Culturele Antropologie/ Ontw. Sociologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

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