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Ashley Gorham is a political theorist interested in the politics of technology, particularly as it relates to the internet. She has published articles on algorithms, hacktivism, and “big data” in leading journals, including Constellations: An International Journal of  Critical and Democratic Theory, the International Journal of Communication, and PS: Political Science and Politics. Most recently, she published a short entry in the online repository Hack_Curio entitled “Anonymous is ‘Serious Business.’” She is currently working on a book manuscript: EpicFail: How Hacktivists Expose Democratic Vulnerabilities. She earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. Past appointments and affiliations include Princeton University, New York University, and Harvard University.

Recent Courses Taught

Introduction to Political Theory
When Old Debates Were New Again: Exploring the Theoretical Origins of Internet Policy

Research Interests

Hacktivism, the politics of platforms, artificial intelligence


  • School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania, 2015-16

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College Service

  • Public Policy Committee

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
M.A., University of Maryland
B.A., Oberlin College

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