Luke Stark is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University under the supervision of Helen Nissenbaum; his dissertation research focuses on the history and philosophy of digital media technology and its use in tracking, modulating and shaping the anxious, everyday emotional lives of users.
More broadly, Luke’s scholarship explores the changing nature of human subjectivity in the computational age. Other teaching and research projects have examined the changing dynamics of privacy and security in digital life; the connection between values and design in digital information systems and emerging DIY/maker practice; and the dynamic relationship between notions of the self and poetic forms both literary and computational.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Luke holds an Honours BA in History & English and an MA in History, both from the University of Toronto; he has been generously funded by the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Science Foundation, the Government of Ontario, and New York University’s Provost’s Global Research Initiatives.
Luke is a Student Fellow of the NYU School of Law's Information Law Institute (ILI), a member of the ILI's Privacy Research Group, and a Principal with PRGLab. Some of Luke's academic pursuits have been complimented by work in Issues Management and Strategic Communications Planning for the Ontario Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care and Natural Resources; other highlights from his eclectic résumé include sleep-away camp counselor, forest ranger, and ranch hand.