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Andrew Gansky

Doctoral Student



Andrew Gansky is a PhD student in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation is a history of how computer technologies became a significant force in U.S. educational reform. He is especially concerned with technologists' pervasive attempts to challenge teacher autonomy, often on the grounds that teachers' inefficient practices and personal biases exacerbated the marginalization of vulnerable students. He examines why technologists chose to focus on teachers rather than school bureaucracies as the primary source of educational disparity. His dissertation considers how these historical trends shape future possibilities for educational technologies to shape reform movements.

Andrew has previously published work in Photography & Culture on postindustrial ruins photography, and an article related to his dissertation project is forthcoming in a volume on immersive media from the Routledge New Agendas in Communications series. His dissertation research has been supported by the Social Sciences Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship.

At the University of Texas, Andrew serves on the editorial board of The End of Austin, a digital humanities project that explores urban identity in Austin. From 2012-2014, he was a Graduate Intern at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, where he worked on special projects on copyright and intellectual property. He has served as a Supplemental Instructor in the Department of American Studies, and will teach a course of his own design, Technology and the Body, during the 2015-2016 academic year.



'''Ruin Porn' and the Ambivalence of Decline: Andrew Moore's Photographs of Detroit." Photography & Culture 7.2 (2014): 119-139. doi: 10.2752/175145214X13999922103084.


Educational history, critical pedagogy, history of technology, race and gender studies, surveillance, digital humanities, cybernetics
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