Institute Faculty

Katie Conrad

Professor of English, University of Kansas

Katie Conrad is a professor of English at the University of Kansas (KU), where she also serves as College Faculty Fellow for Humanities Advancement and a Fellow at the Center for Cyber-Social Dynamics (Institute for Information Sciences). A scholar of Northern Irish and Irish literature and culture, her most recent scholarship focuses on the role of technology in mediating human experience and shaping political and ethical relationships. She is contributor to and co-editor, with Cóilín Parsons and Julie McCormick Weng, of Science, Technology, and Irish Modernism (Syracuse, 2019) and has contributed to Technology in Irish Literature and Culture (ed. Margaret Kelleher and James O’Sullivan, Cambridge, 2023). Her recent work has focused on generative technologies (“AI”), including A Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights for Education (Critical AI 2.1) and “Teaching critical AI literacies” (with Lauren M. E. Goodlad, NORRAG); she also runs an occasional Substack blog on technology and culture, "Pandora’s Bot." She is co-director (with Sean Kamperman) of the ongoing AI & Digital Literacy project in partnership with the National Humanities Center and the Hall Family Foundation. She has also co-organized, with Lauren M. E. Goodlad and CriticalAI@Rutgers, “Critical AI Literacy in a Time of Chatbots: A Public Symposium for Educators, Writers, and Citizens”; has run several sessions on critical AI literacy for KU and Kansas State University; and is on the inaugural board of advisors for Harvard metaLAB’s AI Pedagogy Project.

Areas of Expertise

  • AI ethics
  • AI and humanities education
  • Critical AI literacy
  • Literature, culture, and technology