Angèle Christin is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute. In the fall of 2016, she will join the Department of Communication at Stanford University as Assistant Professor.
Angèle is interested in fields and organizations where algorithms and ‘big data’ analytics transform professional values, expertise, and work practices. In her dissertation, she analyzed the growing importance of audience metrics in web journalism in the United States and France. Drawing on ethnographic methods, she examined how American and French journalists make sense of traffic numbers in different ways, which in turn has distinct effects on the production of news in the two countries. In a new project, she studies the construction, institutionalization, and reception of analytics and predictive algorithms in the U.S. criminal justice system.
Angèle published two books to date: an ethnographic analysis of a courthouse in the outskirts of Paris (Emergency Hearings: An Inquiry on Judiciary Practice, La Découverte, 2008) and an examination of recent theoretical and methodological trends in sociological research in the United States (Contemporary Sociology in the United States, with E. Ollion, La Découverte, 2012). She also worked on a statistical study of music taste and cultural participation in the United States and France, which was funded by the French Ministry of Culture.
Angèle received her PhD in Sociology from Princeton University and the EHESS (Paris).