Meredith Broussard

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Meredith Broussard
Broussard in 2018
United States
EducationColumbia University, Harvard University
Occupation(s)Associate Professor, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute NYU
Known forResearch in artificial intelligence and investigative reporting; coining the term "technochauvinism"

Meredith Broussard is a data journalism professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.[1] Her research focuses on the role of artificial intelligence in journalism.


Broussard was previously a features editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a software developer at the AT&T Bell Labs and MIT Media Lab. Broussard has published features and essays in many outlets including The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, and Slate Magazine. She is the author of the nonfiction book Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World.[2]

As a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she built Bailiwick, a tool designed to uncover data-driven campaign finance stories, created for the United States presidential election of 2016.[3]

Currently, Broussard is an associate professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, a research director of the NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology, and an advisory board member of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies.[4][5][6]

Broussard appeared as herself in the 2020 Netflix documentary, Coded Bias, which follows researchers and advocates as they explore how algorithms encode and propagate bias.[7][8] She has been interviewed on a number of topics, including algorithmic bias, for several media outlets, including The Verge, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Harvard Magazine.[2][9][7][10]


Broussard has published a wide range of books examining the intersection of technology and social practice. Her book Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World, published in April 2018 by MIT Press, examines the limits of technology in solving social problems.[11] Her book More than a Glitch: Confronting Race, Gender, and Ability Bias in Tech will be published in March 2023.[12] She has been profiled in Communications of the ACM[13] and cited by Christopher Mims of The Wall Street Journal as an expert in the future of self-driving car technology.[14] Other publications and works of hers include:

  • "Broken Technology Hurts Democracy"[15]
  • "Challenges of archiving and preserving born-digital news applications"[16]
  • "How to Think About Bots"[17]
  • "New Airbnb Data Reveals Some Hosts Are Raking In Big Bucks"[18]
  • "The Irony of Writing Online About Digital Preservation"[19]
  • "The Secret Lives of Hackathon Junkies"[20]
  • "When Cops Check Facebook"[21]
  • "Big Data in Practice: Enabling Computational Journalism Through Code-Sharing and Reproducible Research Methods"[22]
  • "Preserving News Apps Presents Huge Challenges"[23]
  • "Why Poor Schools Can't Win at Standardized Testing"[24]
  • "Artificial Intelligence for Investigative Reporting"[25]

Selected academic publications[edit]

  • Broussard, Meredith. "Artificial intelligence for investigative reporting: Using an expert system to enhance journalists’ ability to discover original public affairs stories." Digital Journalism 3.6 (2015): 814-831.
  • Broussard, Meredith, et al. "Artificial intelligence and journalism." Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 96.3 (2019): 673–695.
  • Boss, Katherine, and Meredith Broussard. "Challenges of archiving and preserving born-digital news applications." IFLA journal 43.2 (2017): 150–157.
  • Broussard, Meredith. "Big Data in Practice: Enabling computational journalism through code-sharing and reproducible research methods." Digital Journalism 4.2 (2016): 266–279.
  • Broussard, Meredith. "Teaching coding in journalism schools: Considerations for a secure technological infrastructure." Computation+ Journalism 2015 Conference. 2015.


  1. ^ "Meredith Broussard".
  2. ^ a b Chen, Angela (2018-05-23). "How computers misunderstand the world". The Verge. Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  3. ^ "Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog". Washington Post.
  4. ^ "Faculty". NYU Journalism. Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  5. ^ "Associates – NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology". Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  6. ^ "About". Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies. 2016-12-07. Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  7. ^ a b Gibson, Lydialyle (2021-08-02). "Bias in Artificial Intelligence". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  8. ^ Kantayya, Shalini (2020-11-11), Coded Bias (Documentary), 7th Empire Media, Chicken And Egg Pictures, Ford Foundation - Just Films, retrieved 2021-09-25
  9. ^ "Talking with Meredith Broussard about 'Artificial Unintelligence'". Los Angeles Times. 2018-04-26. Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  10. ^ Quito, Anne. "The Anthony Bourdain audio deepfake is forcing a debate about AI in journalism". Quartz. Retrieved 2021-09-25.
  11. ^ Broussard, Meredith (2018-04-01). Artificial Unintelligence. MIT Press. ISBN 9780262038003. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
  12. ^ Greenawalt, Marc (2022-12-02). "Spring 2023 Announcements: Science". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2022-12-14.
  13. ^ "Putting the Data Science into Journalism".
  14. ^ Mims, Christopher (2018-09-13). "Driverless Hype Collides With Merciless Reality". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  15. ^ Broussard, Meredith (May 12, 2017). "Broken Technology Hurts Democracy". The Atlantic.
  16. ^ International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. 43(2) 150–157. 2017. doi:10.1177/0340035216686355.
  17. ^ Broussard, Meredith (February 23, 2016). "How to Think About Bots". Motherboard.
  18. ^ Broussard, Meredith (December 2, 2015). "New Airbnb Data Reveals Some Hosts Are Raking In Big Bucks". Huffington Post.
  19. ^ Broussard, Meredith (November 20, 2015). "The Irony of Writing Online About Digital Preservation". The Atlantic.
  20. ^ Broussard, Meredith (July 8, 2015). "The Secret Lives of Hackathon Junkies". The Atlantic.
  21. ^ Broussard, Meredith (April 19, 2015). "When Cops Check Facebook". The Atlantic.
  22. ^ Digital Journalism. (Taylor & Francis)  2015. doi:10.1080/21670811.2015.1074863.
  23. ^ Newspaper Research Journal. 36(3) 299 –313. 2015. doi:10.1177/0739532915600742.
  24. ^ Broussard, Meredith (July 15, 2015). "Why Poor Schools Can't Win at Standardized Testing". The Atlantic.
  25. ^ Digital Journalism. (Taylor & Francis)  2014. doi:10.1080/21670811.2014.985497.