Kerry Mackereth (she/her) is a Christina Gaw Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Gender Studies and a member of the Gender & Technology Research Project team. She is also a Research Associate at St. John’s College, Cambridge. Kerry’s work broadly explores how histories of gendered and racialised violence shape new technologies. Kerry’s PhD thesis examined how women’s violent protests, specifically, their hunger strikes in the contexts of women’s prisons and immigration detention centres, complicate theories of political violence. Some of her previous work has also examined how representations of artificial intelligence in science-fiction film and television are shaped by racialised concepts of gender. These areas of inquiry combine in Kerry’s current research on the relationship between artificial intelligence, gender, and racialisation. She is currently working on a paper on how discourses and relations of Sinophobia and Sinophilia shape AI, which aims to contribute to the wider field of scholarship that examines how artificial intelligence is both a racialised technology and a racialising technology. She is also exploring how artificial intelligence may reproduce and re-legitimise forms of scientific racism. Alongside Ola Osman, PhD in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies, Kerry is the co-convener of the upcoming ‘Race Talks’ seminar series, which will start in Easter Term, 2021.
Kerry completed her undergraduate degree in Human, Social, and Political Sciences at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, and undertook her MPhil and doctorate degree in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies.