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Women's Studies Faculty - Virginia EubanksVirginia Eubanks
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Virginia Eubanks is Associate Professor of Women's Studies. She joined the Deppartment in 2004 after completing her Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She came to her research on technology, poverty and women's citizenship through a history of activism in community media and technology center movements. She is currently engaged in a four-year National Science Foundation funded research project exploring the citizenship effects of welfare administration technologies on clients and frontline caseworkers in New York State. She is also working (with Alethia Jones) on an edited volume of interviews and conversations with Barbara Smith, a pioneer of Black feminism and Albany Common Council member, which will be published by SUNY Press in 2013. Eubanks teaches courses in public policy, research methodology, and feminist science and technology studies.

Eubanks co-founded the Popular Technology Workshops, which serve as a place for ordinary people to come together to define and combat the social, economic and political injustices of the information age. She also among the founders of Our Knowledge, Our Power: Surviving Welfare, a grassroots welfare rights and anti-poverty organization, and is on the Board of Directors of Holding Our Own: A Fund For Women, the only grants-giving organization in the region that funds only programs dedicated to advancing feminist social change. Her activism and scholarship are grounded in the idea that people closest to problems have the best information about them, and are most invested in creating smart and sustainable solutions.


  • Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2004)
  • M.S., Rhetoric and Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1999)
  • B.A., American Literary Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz (1994)


  • Class, Poverty and Politics in the U.S.
  • Feminist Thought and Public Policy
  • Graduate Orientation in Women's Studies
  • Graduate Theory/Practice Learning (Masters' Internship)
  • Research Seminar in Women's Studies


  • Class, Poverty and Politics in the U.S.
  • Internship in Women's Studies
  • Popular Technology: Advocacy and Activism in the Age of IT
  • Research Seminar in Women's Studies
  • Science, Technology and Social Justice



Eubanks, Virginia. Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011.


"Double-Bound: Putting the Power Back in Participatory Research." Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies 30: 1 (2009), 107-137. Special issue entitled "Knowledge That Matters: Feminist Epistemology, Methodology, and Science Studies."

"Trapped in the Digital Divide: The Distributive Paradigm in Community Informatics." The Journal of Community Informatics 3: 2 (2007). Available online at

“Popular Technology: Exploring Inequality in the Information Economy.“ Science and Public Policy 3: 2 (2007), 127-138.

"Making Sense of Imbrication: Popular Technology and 'Inside-Out' Methodologies." (with Nancy D. Campbell) Proceedings of the Participatory Design Conference 2004. Toronto, ON: 65-73.


"Feminist Phronesis and Technologies of Citizenship," In Bent Flyvbjerg, Todd Landsman, and Sanford Schram (Eds.), Real Social Science: Applied Phronesis. New York: Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming.

"Participatory Policy Analysis." In E. Berman and J. Rabin (Eds), Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy (pp. 1413-1417). New York: Taylor & Francis Group, 2007.

"Technologies of Citizenship: Surveillance and Political Learning in the Welfare System." In T. Monahan (Ed), Surveillance and Security: Technology and Politics in Everyday Life (pp. 89-108), New York: Routledge, 2006.

"Cyberfeminism Meets NAFTAzteca: Recording the Technotext." In Appropriating Technologies: Vernacular Science and Social Power. Eds. Ron Eglash, Jennifer L. Croissant, Giovanna Di Chiro and Rayvon Foucha. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004.