Short Bio

John Carter McKnight is a media and communications scholar with a PhD in Human & Social Dimensions of Science and Technology from Arizona State University. His research focuses on the role of social media platforms (particularly user interfaces and experience design) in shaping collective identities, especially national, class, and gender.

He is currently Assistant Professor, Sociology of Emerging Technologies, at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University in the U.K., employed on the Third Party Dematerialization and Rematerialization of Capital project on peer-to-peer finance communities in the UK.

He has developed and taught a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in media and globalization, gamification and the quantified self, and the governance of emerging technologies.

A former corporate finance attorney, he has practiced law with global law firms in New York, Beverly Hills, and San Francisco.