Bio

B.S. Boston University, 2007M.A. New York University, 2013Ph.D. University of Southern California, 2019Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow Cornell University, 2019-2022

MC Forelle is an assistant professor in Engineering & Society at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. Their work broadly examines the intersection of law, technology, and culture, with particular interests in materiality, sustainability, and practices of resistance and change. Currently, their research centers on the world of software-enhanced automotive technology, where they interrogate how these emerging systems are frustrating longstanding conventions of repair, maintanence, and modification. This includes close examinations of repair training and labor, automotive aftermarkets, and the legal regimes that protect these spaces.

They received their PhD in Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where their dissertation examined how copyright presents a legal challenge to car owners and mechanics attempting to do their own repairs, and how those communities have responded to that challenge. After graduating, they accepted a Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and was the first fellow to be based at Cornell Tech in New York City. They have an MA in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University, and a BS in Film, TV, and Radio from Boston University. Their past work has explored the world of credit default swaps in finance, interactive music videos online, and policies of diversity ownership in broadcast media. Born in Venezuela, they now live in Charlottesville with their partner, kids, and dog named Dr. Waffles.

Research Interests

  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Ethics and Information Technology
  • Material Cultures
  • Autonomous and Smart Consumer Technologies

Selected Publications

  • The Material Consequences of "Chipification": The Case of Software-embedded cars, Big Data & Society, May 3, 2022 ABS MC Forelle
  • Copyright and the modern car: Colliding visions of the public good in DMCA Section 1201 anti-circumvention proceedings, New Media & Society, May 17, 2021 ABS MC Forelle

Courses Taught

  • STS 4500 STS and Engineering Practice Fall 2022, Summer 2023, Fall 2023
  • STS 4600 The Engineer, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility