Erin McElroy

Postdoctoral Researcher

Erin McElroy earned their doctoral degree in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a dissertation project entitled Unbecoming Silicon Valley: Techno Imaginaries and Materialities in Postsocialist Romania. This project analyzes the politics of space, race, technology, and displacement in Romania and Silicon Valley, as well as modes of resistance and deviance. Unbecoming Silicon Valley forges together the twin concepts of racial technocapitalism and Silicon Valley imperialism in order to understand temporal and racial entanglements in postsocialist space. Erin is also cofounder of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a counter-mapping and digital storytelling collective that documents dispossession and resistance struggles upon gentrifying landscapes, focusing upon the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City. Recently, Erin cofounded the new Radical Housing Journal, a peer-reviewed journal bringing together scholar-activist housing justice work transnationally. In particular, Erin is interested in convening housing justice organizers engaged in struggles against smart cities and tech campuses worldwide, merging local and international struggles against technocapitalism and racial dispossession. Erin is also launching a new project in order to investigate the artificial intelligence behind property technology, or proptech, looking to the enfolding of contemporary and historic property regimes.