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Theodora Dryer

Research Lead - Climate and Water

Dr. Theodora Dryer is the Research Lead of Climate and Water at the AI Now Institute and teaches at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering.

Her policy research is historically informed and investigates how water injustice and environmental racism are mediated through algorithmic decision systems as well as the significant role of technological development and deployment in perpetuating the climate change crisis. Her research areas include water resource management, deleterious climate interventions spanning from weather modification programs to artificial intelligence and machine learning systems, and agricultural governance. She is trained in environmental and economic history, science and technology studies, and the history of technology and computing. Dr. Dryer holds awards from the Charles Babbage Institute in Information Technology and the IEEE in History of Electrical and Computing Technology. Her work has appeared in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, Logic Magazine, and elsewhere.