Sarah Newman is metaLAB’s Director of Art & Education, within the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Working at the intersection of research and art, her work engages with technology’s role in human experience, and interrelations between complex systems. In addition to her art practice, she is also an educator, and guest teaches with creative interventions to address interdisciplinary research problems. Her research in artificial intelligence and related technologies investigates how emerging technologies embed and mirror historical social and ethical challenges. Newman lead’s metaLAB’s AI Pedagogy Project. She is also Co-Founder and Research Lead of the Data Nutrition Project, which designs tools and practices for responsible AI development.
Newman holds a BA in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Newman’s work has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Rome, and London, and she has held artist residencies in Germany, Sweden, and Italy. Newman has previously been an AI Grant Fellow, a Harvard Assembly Fellow, a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, a Fellow at the Royal Society of Art, a Rockefeller AI Bellagio Resident, an artist-in-residence at Northeastern School of Law, and a grantee of the National Endowment for the Arts; with the Data Nutrition Project, she was awarded the 2022 Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity. Newman is a Senior Advisor for the Institute for Rebooting Social Media, and regularly guest teaches at Harvard. She loves seashells.