Sarah Ciston (they/she) is a Mellon Fellow and PhD Candidate in Media Arts and Practice at the University of Southern California, where they lead Creative Code Collective—a student community for co-learning programming using approachable, interdisciplinary strategies. They are also an Associated Researcher in the AI & Society Lab at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin. Their research investigates how to bring intersectionality to artificial intelligence by employing queer, feminist, and anti-racist theories, ethics, and tactics at every stage of development and implementation. Their tactical media projects also include a natural language processing interface that ‘rewrites’ the inner critic and a chatbot that explains feminism to online misogynists.
Mellon Fellow and PhD Candidate in Media Arts and Practice