Virginia is a Ph.D. student in the Technology Management Department. She received her MA in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara in 2018 and her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Georgetown University in 2005. Her interests include the impact of automation technologies on work, the function of technological predictions, and the role of technology in infrastructure.
Student Spotlight: Virginia Leavell
Virginia completed her Master’s degree in Sociology from UCSB and is continuing her Ph.D. studies with Technology Management. "After taking the ethnographic methods course with Professors Leonardi and Barley, I knew this program was the perfect fit for me and my research interests." Virginia received her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Georgetown University in 2005. She then worked for several years in Northeast Thailand before returning to Washington DC to work for non-profits, unions, and founded and co-directed a DC-based consulting company.
Eventually, this led her to want to pursue more in-depth study of the effects of automation and artificial intelligence technologies on labor, organizations, and workers, "I was eager to read about and research the questions I had about work and technology. That's why I wanted to study with people at TMP." After focusing on theory and history courses in her Sociology program, Virginia is at home with the TMP graduate course offerings and thrilled to be participating in hands-on research projects with faculty.