Luke Stark is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University; his research focuses on the history and philosophy of digital media technology and its role in tracking, modulating and shaping the everyday negative affective and emotional lives of users. A native of Toronto, Canada, Luke holds an Honours BA in History & English and an MA in History, both from the University of Toronto; he has been generously funded by the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and New York University's Provost's Global Research Initiatives.
Luke also works on projects exploring the changing dynamics of privacy and security in digital network environments; he is a Student Fellow at the NYU School of Law's Information Law Institute (ILI), a member of the ILI's Privacy Research Group and a Principal with PRGLab. Luke is a Research Assistant for the National Science Foundation's Values in Design in the Future Internet Architecture project, headed by Helen Nissenbaum, and a member of the New York University Graduate Forum; he is a Student Affiliate of the Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing.
Some of Luke's other teaching and research interests include critical theories of political economy and new media; the intellectual underpinnings of speculative fiction; and the relationship of poetics to computation. Luke's academic pursuits have been complimented by work in Issues Management and Strategic Communications Planning for the Ontario Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care and Natural Resources; other highlights from an eclectic résumé include sleep-away camp counselor, forest ranger, and ranch hand.