Technology, Ethics & Social Policy

SP2’s research expertise in this area is centered on the sociopolitical and ethical challenges that technology, the tech sector, and the social application of automated and algorithmic systems pose to social policy.

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Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational & Mixed Methodologies

Desmond Upton Patton


Desmond Upton Patton, PhD, MSW

Professor; PhD, University of Chicago, 2012. Activism & social justice; qualitative methods; youth; gun violence; big data; digital culture; public health; race & ethnicity; social media.

Headshot of Ezekiel Dixon-Roman


Ezekiel Dixon-Román, PhD

Associate Professor; PhD, Fordham University. Cultural studies of quantification; philosophy of science; cultural studies of education; critical policy studies; critical theories of “difference.”

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‘The passionate pursuit of social justice’

The School of Social Policy & Practice addresses social inequities through research. After majoring in psychology, John Gyourko spent 10 years exploring various social work roles in the foster care system […]

Ezekiel Dixon-Roman at his book launch and discussion in fall 2017.

New Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, & Mixed Methodologies

This month, Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) Associate Professor Ezekiel Dixon-Román, PhD, and others announced the launch of the Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, & Mixed Methodologies […]