Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor
of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science,
Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and
the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Turkle
received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard
University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Turkle writes on the
“subjective side” of people’s relationships with technology, especially
computers. She is an expert on culture and therapy, mobile technology, social
networking, and sociable robotics.
Her newest book, The Empathy
Diaries: A Memoir, ties together her personal story with her groundbreaking
research on technology, empathy, and ethics. Her previous book, the New York
Times bestseller Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital
Age, investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our
relationships, creativity, and productivity.
Turkle is a featured media
commentator on the social and psychological effects of technology for CBS, NBC,
ABC, CNN, the BBC, and NPR, including appearances on such programs as Nightline,
The Today Show, Good Morning America, Frontline, Dateline,
20/20, and The Colbert Report.