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Kathryn (Katie) Conrad

I am a professor of English at the University of Kansas, where I am also serving as a Faculty Fellow for Humanities Advancement for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Fellow in the Center for Cyber-Social Dynamics (I2S). My primary research focus is on technology and culture, particularly but not exclusively with regard to contemporary "artificial intelligence"; surveillance technologies; and technology in British, Irish, and Northern Irish literature and culture. I am particularly interested in the ethical questions that accompany the development, deployment, and use of generative AI tools.  I am the author of "A Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights for Education" (Critical AI 2.1) and have published several articles and book chapters on technology and culture (see below).  I am co-director (with Sean Kamperman) of the AI & Digital Literacy project, in partnership with the National Humanities Center and the Hall Center for the Humanities and supported by the Hall Family Foundation and the William T. Kemper Foundation (Commerce Bank, Trustee). I also serve on the founding advisory board for Harvard’s AI Pedagogy Project and as faculty member for the AAC&U's Institute on AI, Pedagogy, and the Curriculum (2024-25). I have spoken on critical AI literacy at the University of Kansas, Rutgers University, and Kansas State University as well as on several webinars, panels, and podcasts. 

Selected publications

Please contact me for other articles, book chapters, and a full academic cv.

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Pandora's Bot (Substack)

Where I consider technology and how we relate to it, in higher ed and beyond.

Technology in Irish Literature and Culture

Chapter: "Technology and Irish Modernism"

The Edinburgh Companion to Irish Modernism

Chapter: "Rage's Brother: The Bomb at the Centre of Wilde's Trivial Comedy"

Science, Technology, and Irish Modernism

Introduction (with Cóilín Parsons and Julie McCormick Weng)
Chapter: "Infernal Machines: Weapons, Media, and the Networked Modernism of Tom Greer and James Joyce"

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A Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights for Education

Article

Teaching critical AI literacies

Article w/Lauren M. E. Goodlad

Teaching fan fiction: Affect and analysis

Article

KU ScholarWorks articles

Current open access articles

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Web Archive, KU

Click here for my KU website, last updated 2017, including archive of courses.

Contact

1445 Jayhawk Blvd, Rm 3001E
Department of English
University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS 66045

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