Sherry Turkle

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Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, a center of research and reflection on the evolving connections between people and artifacts. Professor Turkle received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist.

Turkle has written numerous articles on psychoanalysis and culture and on the "subjective side" of people's relationships with technology, especially computers. She is engaged in active study of robots, digital pets, and simulated creatures, particularly those designed for children and the elderly as well as in a study of mobile cellular technologies. Profiles of Professor Turkle have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Scientific American, and Wired Magazine. She is a featured media commentator on the effects of technology for CNN, NBC, ABC, and NPR, including appearances on such programs as Nightline and 20/20.[1]

Turkle published a number of edited story collections on the relationship between things and thinking. Four volumes of stories were published by MIT Press, starting with Evocative Objects: Things We Think With[2], Falling For Science: Objects in Mind[3], The Inner History of Devices[4], Simulation and Its Discontents[5]. Professor Turkle's recent book is Alone Together: Technology and the Reinvention of Intimacy and Solitude[6]The book is based on a 10-year research program on relational artifacts.


  1. Sherry Turkle's MIT Homepage. Accessed Ot 2011. http://
  2. Turkle, Sherry. Evocative Objects: Things We Think With. MIT Press. Fall 2007
  3. Turkle, Sherry. Falling For Science: Objects in Mind. MIT Press Spring 2008.
  4. Turkle, Sherry. The Inner History of Devices. MIT Press. Fall 2008.
  5. Turkle, Sherry. Simulation and Its Discontents. MIT Press. Spring 2009.
  6. Turkle, Sherry. Alone Together: Technology and the Reinvention of Intimacy and Solitude. MIT Press. 2011.