I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Culture & Data Stewardship at the University of Pittsburgh. My work employs critical-historical approaches to information, examining the prehistories and afterlives of data-intensive systems – from social media platforms to AI systems.

Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center on Digital Culture and Society. I earned my PhD in Communication at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

My book project examines the process of social media platform closure and content deletion to ask about the future of cultural memory.

Research related to these themes has been published in outlets including ConvergenceFeminist Media Studies, First Monday, the International Journal of Communication, the Computer Communication Review, and elsewhere. (Many of these are open access, but please email for PDFs if not!) 

I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with a number of institutions on research projects or research-based creative work. I’ve been the recipient of fellowships from Harvard University's Library Innovation Lab, the ACM History Committee, and the USC Center for Science, Technology, and Public Life. I've also worked with computing institutions on their oral history collections (including the Computer History Museum and the A.M. Turing Awards), acted as an assistant editor at the International Journal of Communication, and collaborated with the Los Angeles Public Libraries on the Autograph Book of Los Angeles.

︎ francescorry@pitt.edu

Updated ︎ March 2023