Daniel N. Kluttz

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Research Interests: 
Law and Society, Technology, Organizations, Economic Sociology, Culture, Theory

Daniel N. Kluttz is Postdoctoral Scholar at the UC Berkeley School of Information. There, he helps organize and lead the Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity Working Group (AFOG), an interdisciplinary working group that brings together UC Berkeley faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and Silicon Valley professionals to develop ideas, research, and policy recommendations related to fairness, transparency, ethics, and social impacts of technological innovations, particularly as applied to artificial-intelligence-based systems, algorithmic decision making, and data science.

Drawing from intellectual traditions in organizational theory, law and society, technology studies, cultural sociology, and economic sociology, Daniel’s research is oriented around two broad lines of inquiry: 1) the formal and informal governance of economic and technological innovations, and 2) the organizational and legal environments surrounding such innovations. His current projects include studies of the socio-economic underpinnings of personal data exchange in the digital economy, the effects of automated decision-support technologies on the professions, and the construction and implementation of “data ethics” in the tech industry and higher education. Daniel’s dissertation used the case of U.S. fossil-fuel development and the practice of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to assess the sociopolitical and economic foundations of law and legal processes governing controversial technological innovations. His past projects have included studies of social change and socio-legal institutions across such settings as American legal education, early American markets for literature, and algorithmic classification and scoring systems. Daniel employs both quantitative and qualitative methods in his work, including longitudinal and multi-level modeling techniques, in-depth interviews, surveys, geospatial analyses, and historical/archival methods.

Daniel’s research is published in a variety of venues, including the Law & Society Review, the Socio-Economic Review, and the Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory. He holds a PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley (2017), a JD from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law (2008), and dual bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill (2005). Prior to pursuing his PhD at UC Berkeley, he practiced law in Raleigh, NC.