Sherry Turkle

  • MIT

Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and is the founder and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her writing focuses on people’s relationships with technology, especially computers. Sherry has been named “woman of the year” by Ms. Magazine and among the “forty under forty” who are changing the nation by Esquire Magazine. She is a frequent media commentator on the social and psychological effects of technology for CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the BBC and NPR, including appearances on programs such as Nightline, Frontline, 20/20, and The Colbert Report. Sherry is the author of several books, including her most recent, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less from Each Other (2011). She is the editor of three books about things and thinking: Evocative Objects: Things We Think With (2007); Falling for Science: Objects in Mind (2008); and The Inner History of Devices (2008). Sherry earned a joint Ph.D. in sociology and personality psychology at Harvard.