Meredith Broussard

Meredith Broussard (@merbroussard) is an associate professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, an affiliate faculty member at the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environment at the NYU Center for Data Science, and a Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. Her latest book is “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World” (MIT Press, 2018). Broussard’s academic research focuses on artificial intelligence in investigative reporting, with a particular interest in using data analysis for social good. She is also interested in reproducible research issues and is developing methods for preserving innovative digital journalism projects in scholarly archives so that we can read today’s news on tomorrow’s computers. A former features editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, she has also worked a software developer at AT&T Bell Labs and the MIT Media Lab, and she currently writes stories and develops databases for a variety of publications. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from Columbia University. Contact her via

Selected Publications:
  1. Broussard, M. (2020). When algorithms give real students imaginary grade. New York Times.
  2. Broussard, M. (2019). When binary code won’t accommodate nonbinary people. Slate.
  3. Broussard, M. (2018). Artificial unintelligence: How computers misunderstand the world. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  4. Broussard, M. (2018). Why the Scots are such a struggle for Alexa and Siri. The Herald.
  5. Broussard, M. (2018). Self-driving cars still don’t know how to see. The Atlantic.
  6. Broussard, M. (2017). Broken technology hurts democracy. The Atlantic.
  7. Woolley, S., boyd, d., Broussard, M., & Made (2016). How to think about bots. Vice.
  8. Broussard, M. (2015). Big Data in practice: Enabling computational journalism through code-sharing and reproducible research methods. Digital Journalism, 4(6).
  9. Broussard, M. (2015). Preserving news apps present huge challenges. Newspaper Research Journal, 36(3), 299-313.
  10. Broussard, M. (2015). The irony of writing online about digital preservation. The Atlantic.
  11. Broussard, M. (2014). Artificial intelligence for investigative reporting: Using an expert system to enhance journalists’ ability to uncover original public affairs stories. Digital Journalism, 3(6).