Sherry Turkle
Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology
Director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self
Program in Science, Technology, and Society
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Evocative Objects: Things We Think With
Edited and with an introduction by Sherry Turkle.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, Forthcoming.

Falling for Science: Objects in Mind
Edited and with an introduction by Sherry Turkle.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, Forthcoming.

The Inner History of Devices: Technology and Self
Edited and with an introduction by Sherry Turkle.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, Forthcoming.

The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit
Twentieth Anniversary edition, including new introduction, epilogue, and notes.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.

Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995.
Paperback edition, New York: Touchstone, 1997.
(Also published in a British edition and Chinese, German,
Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish translations.)

Psychoanalytic Politics: Freud's French Revolution
New York: Basic Books, 1978.
Paperback edition, Cambridge: MIT Press, 1981.
Second edition with new Preface and Afterward,
New York: Guilford Press, 1992.
(Also published in a British edition and French,
Italian, and Spanish translations.)



"A Nascent Robotics Culture: New Complicities for Companionship," AAAI Technical Report Series, July 2006.

Information Technologies and Professional Identity:  A Comparative Study of the Effects of Virtuality,” with Co-PI's: H. Gusterson, J.Dumit, D. Mindell, S. Silbey (and Research Assistants: N. Myers, Y. Loukissas, and J. Ferng), National Science Foundation Report (NSF Grant #IIS-0220347), December 2005.

“Relational Artifacts, Children, and Elders: The Complexities of CyberCompanions," 2002.


Chapters in Books

"The Immeasurables." In Why are We Optimistic?, John Brockman (ed.).  London: Free Press, forthcoming.

“Always-on/Always-on-you: The Tethered Self.” In Handbook of Mobile Communications and Social Change, James Katz (ed.). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, forthcoming.

“Tethering”.  In Sensorium:  Embodied Experience, Technology, and Contemporary Art, Caroline A.  Jones (ed.).  Cambridge, MA:  List Visual Art Center and MIT Press, 2006.

“Computer Games as Evocative Objects:  From Projective Screens to Relational Artifacts." In Handbook of Computer Game Studies, Joost Raessens, and Jeffrey Goldstein (eds.), MIT Press, June 2005.

“First Encounters with Kismet and Cog: Children’s Relationship with Humanoid Robots.” With Cynthia Breazeal, Olivia Dasté, and Brian Scassellati. In Digital Media: Transfer in Human Communication, Paul Messaris and Lee Humphreys (eds.). New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2005.

"The Objects of Our Lives." In When We Were Kids, John Brockman (ed.). New York: Pantheon, 2004. (Also published in Curious Minds, John Brockman (ed.). New York: Pantheon, 2004.)



“Relational Artifacts with Children and Elders: The Complexities of Cybercompanionship” (with Will Taggart, Cory D. Kidd, and Olivia Dasté). Connection Science, Vol. 18 No. 4, December 2006.

"Diary." London Review of Books, Vol. 28, 8, April 2006.

Whither Psychoanalysis in Computer Culture?Psychoanalytic Psychology: Journal of the Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association, Winter 2004.

"How Computers Have Changed the Way We Think."  The Chronicle of Higher Education: Information Technology, January 30, 2004.

“Technology and Human Vulnerability.” Harvard Business Review,  September 2003.

“From Powerful Ideas to PowerPoint.” Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 9, 2, Summer 2003.

“Our Split Screens.” In Etnofoor, December 2002. 

“Lord of the Hackers.”  New York Times, Op-Ed, 7 March  2002.


Also of Note:

"Multiple Subjectivity and Virtual Community at the End of the Freudian Century." Sociological
Inquiry, 67, 1, Winter 1997.

"Seeing Through Computers: Education in a Culture of Simulation." The American Prospect, no. 31, March-April 1997.

"Who am We?" Wired, 4, 1, January 1996.

"Virtuality and Its Discontents." The American Prospect, no. 24, Winter 1996.

"Constructions and Reconstructions of Self in Virtual Reality." Mind, Culture, and Activity, 1, 3, Summer 1994. (Reprinted in Electronic Culture: Technology and Visual Representation, Timothy Druckrey (ed.). Aperture Foundation, 1996 and Culture of the Internet, Sara Kiesler (ed.). Hilldale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997.)

"Epistemological Pluralism and the Revaluation of the Concrete." In Constructionism, Idit Harel and Seymour Papert (eds.).  Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1991. (Reprinted in Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 11, 1, March 1992.)

"Artificial Intelligence and Psychoanalysis: A New Alliance." Daedalus, 17, 1, Winter 1988.

"Computational Reticence: Why Women Fear the Intimate Machine." In Technology and Women's Voices, Cheris Kramerae (ed.). New York: Pergamon Press, 1986.


Invited Lectures and Conference Papers

New Scientist Magazine
20th Anniversary Celebration
Keynote: Tethered Souls and Cyborg Intimacies
New York City, December 2006
List Gallery
Curatorial Lecture, Troubles that Try the Tethered Soul
Cambridge, December 2006

Stanford University
Humanities Center
Stanford, November 2006

Stanford University
STS Program - New Complicities for Companionship: A Nascent Robotics Culture
Stanford, November 2006

American Sociological Association
101st Annual Meeting
Transgressing the Human and Non-human Boundary
The Complexities of CyberCompanionship: When Nurturance is the "Killer App"
Montreal, August 2006

American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
21st National Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Human Implications of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
A Nascent Robotics Culture: New Complicities for Companionship
Boston, July 2006

Dartmouth College
Dartmouth Artificial Intelligence Conference
Artificial Intelligence: The Next 50 Years
Artificial Intelligence at 50: From Building Intelligence to Nurturing Sociabilities
Hanover, NH, July 2006

2006 International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Humanitarian Robotics
A Sociable Robot to Encourage Social Interaction Among the Elderly
Orlando, May 2006

Eastern Sociological Society
2006 Annual Meeting
Cyber Places in Our Lives
Tethered:  Cyberplaces Always on/Always on You
Boston, February 2006

Can We Fall in Love with a Machine?
Love and Authenticity:  After We Love Our Machines, What Next?
Boston, February 2006

AAAI Symposium, November 2005
American Association for Artificial Intelligence
Caring Machines: AI in Eldercare
Relational Artifacts and the Elderly
Washington, DC (Crystal City, Arlington, VA)

Cog-Sci Workshop
Toward Social Mechanisms of Android Science
Relational Artifacts, Children, and Elders:  The Complexities of CyberCompanions
Stresa, Italy, July 2005

Society for Personality and Social Psychology 6th Annual Meeting
Other Minds? How People Perceive Non-Human Agents
Relational Artifacts and Life-Practice Sociabilities: What ‘Counts’ as Alive Enough to Matter?
New Orleans, January 2005

Humanoids 2004
Encounters with Kismet and Cog: Children’s Relationship with Humanoid Robots
Los Angeles, November 2004

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Teens on Screens: Development and the Technology of Play
Adolescents in Cyberspace (And Other Places in Digital Culture)
Washington, DC, October 2004

Milken Institute
Global Conference: Prospering in a Changing World
The Long View: Imagining the Future
Los Angeles, April 2004

American Psychoanalytic Association
92nd Annual Meeting
Whither Psychoanalysis in Digital Culture?
Boston, June 2003

Yale University
Institute for Social and Policy Studies
Ethics and Technology Working Research Group
Robots, Virtual Worlds, and the Evolution of Social Sensibilities
New Haven, May 2003

Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Program on Science, Technology and Society
Science and Society Colloquium Series
Mediated Citizenship: Representation in a Digital Age
Cambridge, February 2003

Camden Technology Conference
POP!Tech 2002:  Artificial Worlds
How Artificial Worlds Are Leading Us to Redefine Ourselves
Camden, October 2002

Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Harvard-Ross Seminar on Globalization and Education
Globalization and New Ways of Knowing
Cambridge, October 2002

Italian Psychiatric Association
First Conference on Psychiatry  and the Mass Media
Identity in the Age of the Internet
Rome, June 2002

Sigmund Freud Museum
30th Anniversary Freud Lecture
Psychoanalytic Culture and Computer Culture
Vienna, May 2002

World Economic Forum
Identity in a Global World
Science: A Source of Security of Vulnerability?
New York City, February 2002

Institute for Advanced Study
School of Social Science
Lecture series on Information Technology, New Media and the Social Sciences
Intimate Machines: Human Identity and "Affective" Computing
Princeton, March 2001

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Toys of Tomorrow: Thinking Outside of the Toybox Symposium
How Gender and Licensing Concerns Affect How Toys Are Designed
Cambridge, May 2000

Selected Affiliations and Accomplishments


Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
Graduate and Affiliate Member

1978-Present Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
2002,1997 World Economic Forum Fellow
2002 Named one of the Top Ten Wired Women by ABC
2000 Named one of Time Magazine's Innovators of the Internet
1997 Named one of top 50 Cyber Elite by Time Digital Magazine
1997 Selected member of "Computer 200", an exhibit of the leaders of the computer industry. Exhibited at the Association of Computing Machinery's 50th Anniversary meeting and exhibited and archived at the Boston Computer Museum.
1985 Selected Member of Esquire Register "America's New Leadership Class," Esquire Magazine.
1984 Selected "Woman of the Year," Ms. Magazine
1999-Present Harvard College Visiting Committee on Information Technology
1998-2003 AAUW Educational Foundation
Co-chair of Commission on Technology, Gender, and Teacher Education


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