John S. Seberger is a PhD candidate in the Department of Informatics at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine. He prides himself on his multidisciplinary (and somewhat unorthodox) approach to the social study of information and computing. His dissertation work concerns the epistemological impact and discursive structure of the Internet of Things (IoT). By approaching the IoT through the lenses of social imaginaries, archive theory, media archaeology, historiography, and phenomenology, John seeks to answer two persistent questions: (1) What do the inseparable notions of ‘being’ and ‘knowing the world’ mean within the imaginary of IoT? (2) What are the mechanics of this imaginary’s construction and discursive transformations?
Before coming to Irvine, John received his MLIS from University of Pittsburgh, his MSc in Research Methods in Psychology (Music Psychology) from Keele University, and his BA in Psychology from Kenyon College. He currently lives a few blocks from the beach with his fiancee in rooms full of books, musical instruments, screens, windows, and a few pieces of furniture.
John is a founding member of the Evoke Lab & Studio at UCI and a former Graduate Fellow of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing. He is advised by a core committee of three: Geoffrey C. Bowker (Chair), Peter Krapp, and Simon Penny.