Managing Director, Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab
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A scholar of digital inequality and an experienced higher education administrator, Erin Flynn Klawitter is the managing director of the Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab and an associate professor of the practice at the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center. She holds a Ph.D. in media, technology, and society from Northwestern University.
Klawitter’s research concerning the importance of algorithmic skills to the success of creative entrepreneurs in online marketplaces was published in The International Journal of Communication. The original report of those findings was also recognized with best dissertation awards from both the Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association and the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Other research, concerning users’ assessment of the credibility of online health information, has been published in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media as well as Emerald Studies in Media and Communication. She most recently contributed a chapter to Research exposed: How empirical social science gets done in the digital age (Columbia, 2021).
Klawitter’s interests are informed by her professional experience leading digital transformation efforts at Notre Dame, where she proposed and held the University’s first content strategy role. Prior to joining the Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab, she served as associate director of the Notre Dame Scholars’ Program, where she managed the University’s selection of merit-based scholarship recipients.
In Spring 2023, Klawitter taught an elective course for the undergraduate minor in technology ethics titled “Social inequality, digital divides, & algorithmic literacy: How differences in technology access and skill impact individuals and society.”