Claire Maiers is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Virginia focusing on the sociology of knowledge and culture. Through a comparative study of medical informatics, predictive policing and security, and consumer research, her dissertation explores the constraints and affordances of data science practices. Bringing attention to the kinds of knowledge that become dominant through data analysis, her work contributes to a broader project aimed at comprehending how knowledge and culture are constituted in modernity.
Maiers is an active member of the Institute’s Cultures of Capitalism Reading Group and has authored several pieces for the IASC blog. She was previously a junior fellow with UVa’s Society of Fellows and a Praxis fellow at the UVa Scholar’s Lab where she launched the PRISM tool that enables collaborative text interpretation online. Maiers is also a recipient of the UVa Sociology Colleague of the Year Award and a university-wide Departmental Graduate Teaching Award. Currently, Maiers is also a UVa Presidential Fellow in Data Science.