Dr Ethan R Plaut

BA (ad hoc: Formal Systems and the Arts), MSJ (Journalism) Northwestern University; MA (Communication) MS (Computer Science) PhD (Communication) Stanford University


Dr Ethan Plaut is a scholar of computational media with expertise in disconnection and communication avoidance, technology ethics, and journalism. Currently: Lecturer in Communication in Te Puna Reo, the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland. Formerly: Stanford University postdoctoral fellowships in both Computer Science and Rhetoric. Extensive experience as a media practitioner including both creative work and three years of professional journalism experience at an independent newspaper in Cambodia.

Teaching | Current

COMMS 100 Communication, Technology and Culture
COMMS 208 Digital Communication Ethics
COMMS 301 Digital Communication and Practice
COMMS 702 Communication Excess and Avoidance

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Hughes, J., Plaut, E., Wang, F., Von Briesen, E., Brown, C., Cross, G., ... Myers, P. (2020). Global and Local Agendas of Computing Ethics Education. Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE. 10.1145/3341525.3387423
  • Plaut, E. R. (2016). Enlightenment, the remix: Transparency as a DJ's trick of seeing everyone from nowhere. Communication, Culture and Critique, 9 (2), 303-321. 10.1111/cccr.12107
  • Messing, S., Jabon, M., & Plaut, E. (2016). Bias in the flesh: Skin complexion and stereotype consistency in political campaigns. Public Opinion Quarterly, 80 (1), 44-65. 10.1093/poq/nfv046
  • Plaut, E. R. (2015). Technologies of avoidance: The swear jar and the cell phone. First Monday, 20 (11)10.5210/fm.v20i11.6295

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Level 4, Room 401A
New Zealand

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