Teaser Image

Audrey Watters


Professional Experience

Writer, Owner, Hack Education, Spring 2010 - present

Freelance Writer, Spring 2010 - present


ABD, Comparative Literature, University of Oregon, 2001 - 2007

MA, Folklore
, University of Oregon, 2000

BS, Social Sciences, University of Wyoming, 1996

The Johns Hopkins University, 1990 - 1992

IB, St. Clares, 1990

Awards and Other Activities

Spencer Education Journalism Fellow, Columbia University, 2017 - 2018

Visiting Scholar, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Spring 2016

"Tech Innovators 2015," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2015

Recipient, Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant, 2014

Advisory Board Member, Digital Pedagogy Lab, 2017 - present


The Monsters of Education Technology 4. Tech Gypsies Publishing, 2017

The Curse of the Monsters of Education Technology. Tech Gypsies Publishing, 2016

The Revenge of the Monsters of Education Technology. Tech Gypsies Publishing, 2015

Claim Your Domain -- And Own Your Online Presence. Solution Tree, 2015

The Monsters of Education Technology. Tech Gypsies Publishing, 2014

Selected Publications

"Dunce's App." The Baffler, August 2017

"Identity, Power, and Education's Algorithms." Identity, Education, and Power, February 2016

"Coding Bootcamps and the New For-Profit Higher Ed." Boundary2, December 2015

"The MOOC revolution that wasn't." The Daily Dot, August 2015

"The Web We Need to Give Students." Bright, July 2015

"Is It Time to Give Up on Computers in Schools?" Hybrid Pedagogy, June 2015

with Sara Goldrick-Rab. "Techno Fantasies." Inside Higher Ed, March 2015

Selected Keynotes and Invited Talks

"'The Brave Little Surveillance Bear' and Other Stories We Tell about Robots Raising Children." NMC, June 15, 2017

"Driverless Ed-Tech: The History of the Future of Automation in Education." University of Edinburgh, March 30, 2017

"The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release." Virginia Commonwealth University, November 2016

"Re·Con·Figures: The Pigeons of Ed-tech." Designs on eLearning, September 2016

"Technology Imperialism, the Californian Ideology, and the Future of Higher Education." ICDE, October 2015

"Teaching Machines and Turing Machines: The History of the Future of Labor and Learning." Digital Pedagogy Lab Summer Institute, August 2015

"Ed-Tech's Monsters." ALT-C, September 2014

updated November 2017