Sun Ha-Hong

Sun-ha Hong is the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT, affiliated with the Comparative Media Studies / Writing department. He analyses how new media and its data become invested with ideals of precision, objectivity and truth – especially through aesthetic, speculative, and otherwise apparently non-rational means. He works to produce critical, historically informed diagnoses of the contemporary faith in "raw" data, sensing machines, and algorithmic decision-making, and of their public promotion as the next great leap towards objective knowledge. At MIT, he is working on completing the book, "Data Epistemologies / Surveillance and Uncertainty" and starting a second, "A Speculative Literature for a Data-Driven Society." He received his Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.