Aaron Gluck-Thaler is a PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University and an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. He studies the history of surveillance and its relationship to scientific practice.
Aaron’s doctoral project provides a history of pattern recognition in 20th century America. It examines how heterogeneous scientific practices––from ethnographic fieldwork to computer programming––coalesced around the field of pattern recognition. The project focuses on how pattern recognition research acted as an epistemic support for government surveillance programs, changing how people could be identified and what their identity was thought to be composed of. Aaron also works on early histories of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.
His research is supported by the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Doctoral Fellowship. Aaron holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, a MSc in the Social Science of the Internet from the Oxford Internet Institute, and a MSc in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
BEng., Mechanical Engineering, McGill University
MSc., Social Science of the Internet, University of Oxford
MSc., History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Oxford