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Kenneth Keniston

Kenneth Keniston

Kenneth Keniston

Kenneth Keniston is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Human Development in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society and Director of the MIT India Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was educated in part at the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires (Central). He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, with a thesis on the political philosophy of José Ortega y Gasset. He received his D. Phil in Social Studies from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College. He has taught at Harvard University, where he was a Junior Fellow.

Professor Keniston is the author or editor of eight books and more than one hundred articles and chapters. His most recent works are, with D. Guston, The Fragile Contract (1994), and with J. Ker Conway and L. Marx, Earth, Air, Fire, Water: Humanistic Studies of the Environment (2000). With Deepak Kumar, he edited IT Experience in India: Bridging the Digital Divide, (2004).

Trained as a social psychologist, Professor Keniston is interested in the relationship of technology, personality and culture. He has studied the education and careers of engineers in the United States and France, and the financing and organization of scientific and engineering research in universities in the United States. In recent years, his research has focused on information technology and development, in particular in India. He has site-visited many projects in India that are using computers, email, and the Web to promote development, political transparency, and social justice. With Indian colleagues and graduate students, he is currently engaged in a comparative ethnographic study of sites that seek to use modern information and communication technologies for e-governance and the improvement of life in rural India.

—Courtesy of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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