Kat Grace Poje
Research Interests: Data science and AI; history of technology; media studies; religion and science; animal studies.
Kat’s studies focus on the relationship between data and human subjectivity. Examining historic attempts to record, catalog, and reproduce human experience, she aims to understand how changing information technologies reconfigure what counts as data and what constitutes the human self, in connection with and contrast to non-humans animals and machines. Her principal site of inquiry is a number of recent AI applications which attempt to reanimate the dead as personal-data-trained chatbots that can communicate with the living. Contextualizing these apps in a long history of the archive and interrogating their impact on debates about data ownership, she seeks to define the stakes of the divide between human being and interfaced information.
Prior to joining the History of Science Department as a PhD candidate, Kat completed her Masters of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School. There she studied the cross-currents of religion and science, with a particular focus on the mediation of death and mourning through data technology. Throughout her time at the Divinity School, Kat was a Junior Fellow with Harvard’s Science, Religion, and Culture Program (SRC). The program has been an invaluable home for her work, and she is currently an SRC Doctoral Fellow and Grant-Writer.