Sherry Turkle

Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology
Director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self
Program in Science, Technology, and Society
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
E51-296C
Cambridge, MA 02139

sturkle@media.mit.edu


Photo 2010

Sherry Turkle received her Bachelors of Arts summa cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Sociology and Personality Psychology from Harvard University.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

Books

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
New York: Basic Books, January 2011. (Also published in a British edition and Chinese, Polish, Russian, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Serbian translations.)

Simulation and Its Discontents
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, Spring 2009.

The Inner History of Devices
Edited and with an introduction by Sherry Turkle.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, Fall 2008.

Falling for Science: Objects in Mind
Edited and with an introduction by Sherry Turkle.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, Spring 2008.

Evocative Objects: Things We Think With
Edited and with an introduction by Sherry Turkle.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, Fall 2007.

The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit
Twentieth Anniversary edition, including new introduction, epilogue, and notes.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.

Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995.
Paperback edition, New York: Touchstone, 1997.
(Also published in a British edition and Chinese, German,
Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish translations.)

Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud's French Revolution
New York: Basic Books, 1978.
Paperback edition, Cambridge: MIT Press, 1981.
Second edition with new Preface and Afterward,
New York: Guilford Press, 1992.
(Also published in a British edition and French,
Italian, and Spanish translations.)

 

Reports

"A Nascent Robotics Culture: New Complicities for Companionship," AAAI Technical Report Series, July 2006.

Information Technologies and Professional Identity:  A Comparative Study of the Effects of Virtuality,” with Co-PI's: H. Gusterson, J.Dumit, D. Mindell, S. Silbey (and Research Assistants: N. Myers, Y. Loukissas, and J. Ferng), National Science Foundation Report (NSF Grant # IIS-0220347), December 2005.

“Relational Artifacts, Children, and Elders,” National Science Foundation Report (NSF Grant # SES-0115668), November 2003.

 

Chapters in Books

Objects of Desire.” In What Should We Be Worried About?: Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night, John Brockman (ed.) New York: Harper Perennial, 2014.   

“Purple Sweatshirt.”  In Worn Stories, Emily Spivack (ed.). Princeton Architectural Press.  In press.

“Be Careful What You Wish For.” In Rise of the Robots: We’ve got company, How smart machines will change our lives, Editors of Time Magazine. Time Books, 2013.

“Once Upon a Screen.” In The Science of You: The Factors That Shape Your Personality, Editors of Time Magazine. Time Books, 2013.

"Object Lessons." In Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World, Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco and Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj (eds.). New York University Press, 2010.

In Good Company?: On the Threshold of Robotic Companions.” In Close Engagements with Artificial Companions: Key Social, Psychological, Ethical and Design Issues, Yorick Wilks (ed.). Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2010.

“The Robot in the Wings.” In What Have You Changed Your Mind About?: Today’s Leading Minds Rethink Everything, John Brockman (ed.). New York: Harper Perennial, 2009.

Always-on/Always-on-you: The Tethered Self.” In Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies, James E. Katz (ed.). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.

"The Immeasurables." In What Are You Optimistic About?: Today's Leading Thinkers on Why Things Are Good and Getting Better, John Brockman (ed.).  New York: Harper Perennial, 2007.

Simulation Versus Authenticity.” In What is Your Dangerous Idea?: Today’s Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable, John Brockman (ed.). New York: Harper Perennial, 2007.

Tethering”.  In Sensorium:  Embodied Experience, Technology, and Contemporary Art, Caroline A.  Jones (ed.).  Cambridge, MA:  List Visual Art Center and MIT Press, 2006.

First Encounters with Kismet and Cog: Children Respond to Relational Artifacts.” With Cynthia Breazeal, Olivia Dasté, and Brian Scassellati. In Digital Media: Transformations in Human Communication, Paul Messaris and Lee Humphreys (eds.). New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2006.

Computer Games as Evocative Objects:  From Projective Screens to Relational Artifacts." In Handbook of Computer Game Studies, Joost Raessens and Jeffrey Goldstein (eds.), MIT Press, 2005.

"The Objects of Our Lives." In Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a Scientist, John Brockman (ed.). New York: Pantheon, 2004.

"Our Split Screens." In Community in the Digital Age: Philosophy and Practice, Andrew Feenberg and Darin Barney (eds.). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004.

 

Articles

“Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? (Debate).” Upfront: The Newsmagazine for Teens (New York Times/Scholastic), March 17, 2014

The Psychology of Social Media.”  Real Simple (interviewed for special issue on ‘The Balanced Life’), January 2014.

The Documented Life.”  The New York Times (Sunday Review, The Opinion Pages),  December 15,  2013.

“Present Tense: Has the audience left the building?” Playbill Magazine (Special edition, Lincoln Center), November 2012.

"The Creep of Social Media Raises Big Questions." The New York Times (Room for Debate), June 20, 2012.

"The Flight From Conversation." The New York Times (Sunday Review, The Opinion Pages),  April 22, 2012.

A Conversation with Sherry Turkle” (interview with James Nolan). The Hedgehog Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 2012.

The Tethered Self: Technology Reinvents Intimacy and Solitude.” Continuing Higher Education Review, Vol. 75, Fall 2011.

The Anthony Weiner in all of us: Why, in a Twitter world, we’re all vulnerable to Weineresque errors.The New York Daily News (opinion piece), June 13, 2011.

 "A Passion for Objects: How science is fueled by an attachment to things." The Chronicle of Higher Education, Vol. 54, Issue 38, May 30, 2008.

Authenticity in the Age of Digital Companions.” Interaction Studies, Vol. 8 No. 3, 2007.

The Secret Power of Things We Hold Dear.” New Scientist,  9 June 2007.

Can You Hear Me Now?" Forbes (90th Anniversary issue), May 2007.

Relational Artifacts with Children and Elders: The Complexities of Cybercompanionship” (with Will Taggart, Cory D. Kidd, and Olivia Dasté).  Connection Science, Vol.18 No. 4, December 2006.

A Sociable Robot to Encourage Social Interaction Among the Elderly” (with Will Taggart and Cory D. Kidd).  Proceedings of the 2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Orlando, Florida, May 2006.

"Diary." London Review of Books, Vol. 28, 8, April 2006.

Whither Psychoanalysis in Computer Culture?Psychoanalytic Psychology: Journal of the Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association, Winter 2004.

"How Computers Change the Way We Think." The Chronicle of Higher Education: Information Technology, January 30, 2004.

Technology and Human Vulnerability.” Harvard Business Review,  September 2003.

From Powerful Ideas to PowerPoint.” Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 9, 2, Summer 2003. 

Lord of the Hackers.”  New York Times, Op-Ed, 7 March  2002.

 

Also of Note:

"Multiple Subjectivity and Virtual Community at the End of the Freudian Century." Sociological
Inquiry, 67, 1, Winter 1997.

"Seeing Through Computers: Education in a Culture of Simulation." The American Prospect, no. 31, March-April 1997.

"Who am We?" Wired, 4, 1, January 1996.

"Virtuality and Its Discontents." The American Prospect, no. 24, Winter 1996.

"Constructions and Reconstructions of Self in Virtual Reality." Mind, Culture, and Activity, 1, 3, Summer 1994. (Reprinted in Electronic Culture: Technology and Visual Representation, Timothy Druckrey (ed.). Aperture Foundation, 1996 and Culture of the Internet, Sara Kiesler (ed.). Hilldale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997.)

"Epistemological Pluralism and the Revaluation of the Concrete." In Constructionism, Idit Harel and Seymour Papert (eds.).  Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1991. (Reprinted in Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 11, 1, March 1992.)

"Artificial Intelligence and Psychoanalysis: A New Alliance." Daedalus, 17, 1, Winter 1988.

"Computational Reticence: Why Women Fear the Intimate Machine." In Technology and Women's Voices, Cheris Kramerae (ed.). New York: Pergamon Press, 1986.