Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick is University Professor at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies.
Austin’s teaching, scholarship, and public engagement lies at the intersection of social movements, human rights, and new technology. This has led to projects focused on social movement targets (What Slaveholders Think, Columbia UP), social movement technologies (The Good Drone, MIT Press), the ethics of social justice action (Wicked Problems, ed, Oxford UP), and the complexity of human rights narratives (Bonded, under review). These projects are held together by a focus on the tension between structure and agency.
His public-facing writing includes articles in Slate, Al Jazeera, the Guardian, the Conversation, MIT Reader, Medium, and Aeon, his commentary on current events includes appearances on BBC and Fox News, and his work on drones has been profiled in Fast Company and by NBC, among others.
As a Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Austin will advance a new project that explores the implications technological innovation will have for human rights and collective action in the decades to come. Austin was previously a founding faculty member at Central European University’s School of Public Policy, and concurrent Associate Professor of Social Movements and Human Rights at the University of Nottingham. He earned his PhD in Sociology from Notre Dame. Austin tweets occasionally at @achoifitz.