Kera Allen

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
Email Address:
kera.allen@gatech.edu
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Overview

Kera is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of History and Sociology at Georgia Tech researching computer history with a focus on early adoption of the personal computer. Her doctoral dissertation discusses the ways that various users of the microcomputer in its early stages disseminated and adopted the technology. The dissertation explores ethics ascribed to early personal computers as mobilizing instruments and how user cultures upheld myths about the promise and potential of the personal computer.

Her teaching and research focus on the role technology plays in shaping lives. She has experience teaching and TAing undergraduates in history and sociology, including courses on race, gender, and sociological methods and theories. Through a juxtaposition of readings from history and the social sciences, she facilitates a discussion-oriented, active learning classroom in which students learn to critically engage with concepts and theories regarding technology through a gendered and racial lens.

Courses

  • HTS-3020: Gender and Technology
  • HTS-3026: Race and Ethnicity