Kate Crawford

Co-founder, Director of Research

Kate Crawford is a Distinguished Research Professor at NYU and a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, and she is a leading scholar of the social implications of data systems, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Her recent research publications address data discrimination and artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and due process, and algorithmic accountability. In 2016, she co-chaired the Obama White House symposium on the social and economic implications of artificial intelligence. She is Chair of the World Economic Forum Network on AI and IoT, and she was recently awarded a Richard von Weizsaecker Fellowship. She is widely published in academic journals such as Nature, New Media & Society, and Information, Communication & Society, and she has written for The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. She is also a Visiting Professor at the MIT Center for Civic Media, and an Honorary Professor at the University of New South Wales. She is currently writing a new book for Yale University Press.

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Meredith Whittaker

Co-founder, Executive Director

Meredith Whittaker is a Distinguished Research Scientist at New York University, and the founder of Google's Open Research group.

She has over a decade of experience working in industry, leading product and engineering teams. She co-founded M-Lab, a globally distributed network measurement system that provides the world’s largest source of open data on internet performance. M-Lab provides one of the primary resources for policymakers and researchers investigating issues of net neutrality and network performance. She has worked extensively on issues of privacy and security, advising on both policy direction and technical implementation. She co-founded Simply Secure, helped build and currently advises the Open Technology Fund, and led work to strengthen the security of critical internet infrastructure. She has advised the White House, the FCC, the City of New York, the European Parliament, and many other governments and civil society organizations on artificial intelligence, internet policy, measurement, privacy, and security.

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Mariah Peebles

Director of Operations & Strategy

Mariah creates strategies and systems that drive organizational development and effectiveness.

She joins AI Now after working as the COO of Sunny Bates Associates, a boutique consultancy connecting the people and ideas shaping the future. At SBA, Mariah oversaw strategic growth, organizational infrastructure, client services, and new business opportunities. Prior to that, Mariah was a core member of the Influence team at Year Up, the premier workforce development organization in the country. There, Mariah translated the latest research on labor and education into actionable recommendations for building a 21st century workforce and increasing economic opportunity. Her work at Year Up allowed her to engage a range of influencers and stakeholders, from Fortune 500 executives to Federal policymakers, social activists to academic researchers, in collective efforts to develop new, more effective “cradle to career” pathways in the US. Mariah developed her passion for strategic social change as a FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow. She began her career in social impact consulting at New Sector Alliance and in the Boston Consulting Group’s Social Impact Practice Network. Mariah graduated from Harvard College in History of Science, with a focus on Neuroscience

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Dillon Reisman

Technology Fellow

Dillon is a research scientist currently located in NYC.

Previously he was a research engineer with Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy and the Princeton Web Transparency and Accountability Project. His past work focused on web privacy, transparency, and the Internet of Things. While at Princeton he advised policymakers in the FCC and FTC on issues relating to broadband privacy. Prior to that he was a software engineer on the Google privacy team, where he advised product teams on privacy-conscious development and developed infrastructure to better protect user data.

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Julia Thibaud

Program Associate

As Program Associate, Julia supports the operational and strategic growth of the AI Now Institute.

Prior to joining the AI Now team, she worked for startups across the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, building products and systems for scale, most recently at Yoga Foster, an online platform that trains school teachers across the U.S. to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into the classroom. Previously she worked as a product manager at Xapo, a cryptocurrency mobile app, and at Lemon Wallet, a fintech startup in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Julia received her BA from Barnard College at Columbia University, where she double majored in Religious Studies and Dance.

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Advisory Board

Sunny Bates

Founder and CEO

Sunny Bates Associates

Julie Brill

Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Global Privacy and Regulatory Affairs


Ryan Calo

Co-founder, University of Washington Tech Policy Lab

University of Washington School of Law

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar


Supreme Court of California

Cynthia Dwork

Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering

Radcliffe Alumnae Professor, Radcliffe Institute

Peter Galison

Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics

Harvard University

Sherrilyn Ifill

President and Director-Counsel

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Julie Samuels

Executive Director


Lucy Suchman

Professor, Anthropology of Science and Technology

Lancaster University

Mustafa Suleyman

Co-founder and Head of Applied AI

DeepMind Technologies

Nicole Wong


NWong Strategies

Academic Council

Mike Ananny

USC Annenberg

Solon Barocas

Cornell University

Genevieve Bell

3A Institute at Australian National University

Geoffrey Bowker

UC Irvine

Benjamin Bratton

UC San Diego

Simone Browne

University of Texas at Austin

Finn Brunton

New York University

Jenna Burrell

UC Berkeley

Wendy Chun

Brown University

Danielle Citron

University of Maryland School of Law

Julie Cohen

Georgetown Law

Paul Dourish

UC Irvine

Lisa Gitelman

New York University

Sara Hendren

Olin College of Engineering

Lilly Irani

UC San Diego

Matthew Jones

Columbia University

Ian Kerr

University of Ottawa

Karen Levy

Cornell University

Lev Manovich

City University of New York

Shannon Mattern

The New School

Eden Medina

Indiana University, Bloomington

Arvind Narayanan

Princeton University

Alondra Nelson

Social Science Research Council and Columbia University

Safiya Umoja Noble

USC Annenberg

Jussi Parikka

University of Southampton

Frank Pasquale

University of Maryland School of Law

Jack Qiu

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Christian Sandvig

University of Michigan

Natasha Schüll

New York University

Robert Sparrow

Monash University

Jonathan Sterne

McGill University

Fred Turner

Stanford University

Hanna Wallach

University of Massachusetts Amherst and Microsoft Research

Ken Wark

The New School

Area Leads

We are working with area leads across NYU and we’ll be announcing them soon.

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The AI Now Institute is poised for rapid growth, and we are thoughtfully expanding our core team. We are committed to finding and developing great people—and cultivating a culture in which original and independent research can thrive.