Department of Sociology

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Karina Rider









Supervisor: Dr Norma Möllers

Areas of Interest

Science and technology studies; economic sociology; political sociology

Doctoral Research

I am interested in the relationship between digital technology, economic policy, and political processes. My previous work has looked at how the type of surveillance conducted by U.S. federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies has historically been shaped by policymakers’ considerations of markets and approaches to economic regulation. Specifically, through an analysis of Congressional debates over encryption policy from 1993-2016, I found that a significant factor in surveillance policymaking was whether legislators, corporate firms, and civil liberties advocates interpreted proposals as engendering (1) top-down government control over markets and technological innovation, or (2) deregulation and free-market activity.

My current project investigates the relationship between citizenship and digital technologies. I am interested in how activist groups enroll technological knowledge in engaging in political struggles, and what impacts this has on reproducing moral orders.


  • M.A., Sociology | University of Washington, 2016
  • M.A., Sociology | San Diego State University, 2014
  • B.A., Sociology | San Jose State University, 2012

Awards and Grants

  • Queen’s Graduate Award | Queen’s University, 2016-17
  • International Tuition Award | Queen’s University, 2016-17
  • Principal’s International Doctoral Award | Queen’s University, 2016-17
  • Teaching Assistant of the Year Award | University of Washington, 2016
  • Graduate and Professional Student Senate Travel Grant | University of Washington, 2016
  • Department of Sociology Research Travel Grant | University of Washington, 2016
  • Sociology Graduate Student Senate Travel Grant | San Diego State University, 2013

Teaching Experience

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada | 2016-17

  • Teaching Assistant | SOCY 284: Sociology of Information & Communication Technology
  • Teaching Assistant | SOCY 363: Science, Technology, & Society

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA | 2014-16

  • Instructor | SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology
  • Teaching Assistant | SOC 270: Social Problems
  • Teaching Assistant | SOC 360: Social Stratification
  • Teaching Assistant | SOC 212: Comparative Social Change
  • Teaching Assistant | SOC 201: The Role and Practice of Science in Modern Society
  • Teaching Assistant | SOC 316: Sociological Theory

San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA

  • Teaching Assistant | SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
  • Graduate Assistant| SOC 284: Immigration and Refugees
  • Graduate Assistant | SOC 255: Qualitative Research Methods
  • Graduate Assistant | SOC 300: Classical Social Theory

Papers and Publications

  • “The Privacy Paradox: How Market Privacy Facilitates Government Surveillance.” | Under review
  • “Precarious Labor: A Case Study of San Diego Taxi Drivers.” | Under review
  • “The Privacy Paradox.” | Master’s Thesis at University of Washington, 2016
  • “The Surveillance Network.”  | Master’s Thesis at San Diego State University, 2014
  • “The Impact of Increasing Class Sizes on University Teaching Practices.” | Policy report presented to the San Diego State Governance Committee, 2014
  • “Driven to Despair: A Survey of San Diego Taxi Drivers.” | Policy report published with Center for Policy Initiatives, 2013


  • “’I’m a Huge Believer in the Rule of Law, But…’ Encryption, Privacy, Risk.” | American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, 2016
  • “On Being Warrant-Proof.” | Theorizing the Web, New York, NY, 2016
  • “The Leased among Us: Taxi Drivers in San Diego.” | Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, OR, 2014
  • “Immigrant and Refugee Labor in the U.S.: A Case Study of San Diego Taxi Drivers.” | California Sociological Association, Berkeley, CA, 2013
  • “Activism among College Students: San Jose State University and the Fight for Minimum Wage.” | Panel for Student Debt, San Diego, CA, 2013

Academic Services

  • Representative to the Graduate and Professional Student Senate | University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2014-15
  • President of the Sociology Graduate Student Committee | San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, 2013-14