Mario Khreiche

  • Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow

I research automation technologies with an emphasis on the changing nature of work in several industries, including urban transport, warehouse robotics, and digital microlabor.

Currently, I am the Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow on the topic of “Information Ecosystems: Creating Data (and Absence) From the Quantitative to the Digital Age” at the University of Pittsburgh.

At Virginia Tech, I was involved in Data in Social Context (DiSC), a new academic program at the intersection of humanities inquiry, social science methods, computational thinking, and data analysis. In the DiSC program, I developed course syllabi, taught classes, and co-directed a GTA workshop.

I serve as Editor Emeritus for SPECTRA - The Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archives."

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. Political and Cultural Thought, Virginia Tech (2018)
  • M.A. Political Theory, Goethe University Frankfurt/ TU Darmstadt (2014)
  • B.A. Political Science, University of North Texas (2010)

Representative Publications

“The Twilight of Automation,” Fast Capitalism 16, no. 2 (forthcoming: September 2019)

Research Interests

My research is situated at the intersection of digital labor and the politics of automation, where I employ an interdisciplinary approach to explore trends in the future of work. Drawing attention to milieus of work, I explore how workplace surveillance, flexibilization, and gamification become increasingly ubiquitous. The focus on workers’ experiences intervenes in reductive narratives of automation technologies simply replacing work.