Morgan G. Ames Publications Research Teaching Contact CV (pdf)
Teaching
"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."
                                                      - William Butler Yeats

I have experience teaching large lecture classes and small graduate seminars in both in-person and online environments, as well as experience designing new courses, mentoring graduate students, and teaching a wide variety of topics (from astronomy to coding to dance) across many community settings over some 20 years. I also coordinate the Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies at U.C. Berkeley, providing mentorship for doctoral students looking to deepen their engagement in STS.

School of Information, University of California at Berkeley

Behind the Data: Humans and Values (fall 2017-present): This course provides an introduction to the legal, policy, and ethical implications of data. The course will examine how these issues arise throughout the full life cycle of data science from collection, to storage, processing, analysis and use including, privacy, surveillance, security, classification, discrimination, decisional autonomy, and duties to warn or act. Case studies will be used to explore these issues across various domains such as criminal justice, national security, health, marketing, politics, education, automotive, employment, athletics, and development. Attention will be paid to legal and policy constraints and considerations that attach to specific domains as well as particular data-types, collection methods, and institutions. Technical, legal, and market approaches to mitigating and managing discrete and compound sets of concerns will be introduced, and the strengths and benefits of competing and complementary approaches will be explored. (This course, MIDS W231, is an elective in the Masters in Data Science program.)

Science and Technology Studies Research Seminar (spring 2018, spring 2019): This interdisciplinary seminar is aimed at graduate students in fields related to science and technology studies who are undertaking significant writing projects, such as dissertation chapters, journal articles, or conference papers. This seminar will serve two functions. First, it will act as a writing lab in which students will share their projects for discussion and critique from the perspective of science and technology studies. Second, it will help develop students’ professional skills, particularly the ability to speak across academic disciplines about one’s areas of expertise. Above all, the seminar will be grounded in a collaborative learning community where students will share their knowledge and ideas with each other in a highly interdisciplinary, constructive environment. STS 250 is one of the two required courses for the Ph.D. designated emphasis (D.E.) in STS. (Cross-listed as STS C250, ANTHRO C273, ESPM C273, and HISTORY C251)

Department of Communication, Stanford University

Media, Culture, and Society (winter 2009, winter 2010, winter 2011): More than at any other time in American history, we live immersed in media. This introductory course aims to map that immersion and to equip students with the analytical tools to inhabit it critically. We examine the structure and regulation of the media industries, the roles of producers and consumers in the American media system, and the impact of new technologies and globalization on the mass media. By the end of the course, students have a solid command of core theories in contemporary media studies and a sharp analytical scalpel with which to dissect the claims of contemporary media makers. (description adapted from syllabus)

Media Psychology (spring 2011): This upper-division and graduate course reviews current discussions about and evidence for the psychological significance of media. We cover traditional media (e.g., television, radio, newspapers, and film), as well as a variety of content genres (e.g., entertainment, news, and advertising). Much of the course focuses on new media (e.g., interactive games, virtual reality, online social networks). Among the psychological processes whose relevance to media use we will consider are perception, attention, memory, comprehension, emotional response, arousal, and unconscious processing. (description adapted from syllabus)

Research Methods in Communication (fall 2009): Conceptual and practical concerns underlying commonly used quantitative approaches, including experimental, survey, content analysis, and field research in Communication. (description from course catalog)

Digital Media in Society (spring 2009): This upper-division and graduate course surveys contemporary theories of the impact of digital media on the individual, the community and the state. We explore the dynamics of digital media and the ways those dynamics shape – and have been shaped by – ongoing processes of social change. By the end of the course, students have a sense of just what is and isn’t "new" about new media. They will be able to critique and synthesize the ways others have characterized the social impact of digital media. (description adapted from syllabus)

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley (Grader)

Efficient Algorithms and Intractable Problems (2003)

Computer Graphics (2003)

Community Teaching and Outreach

While I've done a variety of service, these represent more sustained community-oriented teaching activities.

Volunteer teacher, AI-4-All summer institute, U.C. Berkeley (2018)
Co-organizer and teacher, Richmond City Minecraft Summer Camp (2015-2018)
Co-organizer and teacher, Girls Code After-School Workshop, ITA/Kennedy High School, Richmond, CA (2016)
Volunteer teacher, Sunday Kids Code Club at Redwood City Library (2014-2016)
Co-organizer and teacher, Mad Hot DanceSport, East Palo Alto Charter School (2006-2009)
Teacher, Saturday Night Stargazing docent, and curriculum developer, Holt Planetarium, Lawrence Hall of Science (2000-2002)
Teaching assistant (math, science), Willard Middle School, Berkeley, CA (1999-2000)
Partner dancing teacher (ballroom, swing, Latin, blues/fusion) (sporadically, 2001-present)


What about my own training? Classes only tell part of the story, but here are the ones I've taken as part of my higher education:

Classes taken as a Stanford graduate student

2012-2013 school year

Humanities Dissertation Workshop
STS & Postcolonialism

2011-2012 school year

Humanities Dissertation Workshop

2010-2011 school year

COM231: Media Ethics & Responsibility
On leave - fieldwork in Paraguay

Spring 2010

Spanish 13C
EDUC298: Learning in a Networked World
SOC346: Ethnography workshop

Winter 2010

Spanish 12C
Spanish 60B
SOC346: Ethnography workshop

Fall 2009

Spanish 11C
SOC346: Ethnography workshop
Seminar on Liberation Technologies

Spring 2009

ANTH306: Anthropological Research Methods
Accelerated Spanish 1B
Conversational Spanish 10

Winter 2009

ANTH311: Writing Ethnographies
Accelerated Spanish 1A

Fall 2008

On leave - Nokia Research

Spring 2008

ANTH231: Anthropology of Globalization
SOC346: Ethnography Workshop
COM301: Curriculum Development & Pedagogy

Winter 2008

STAT209: Statistical Models & Social Science
COM379: History & Evolution of Communication

Fall 2007

ANTH301: History of Anthropological Theory
ANTH280: Ethnographies of Africa
SOC320: Social Psychology
SOC346: Ethnography Workshop

Spring 2007

COM220: Digital Media in Society
COM320: Media & Cultural History
COM314: Qualitative Methods in Communication
COM319: Multivariate Regression
ANTH232: Science, Technology, & Gender

Winter 2007

CS378: Phenomenology
COM269: Computers & Interfaces
COM368: Advanced Experimental Research in User Interfaces
MAPSS colloquium

Fall 2006

ANTH255: Virtual Communities
COM208: Media Processes & Effects
COM311: Communication Theory
SOC380: Qualitative Methods in Sociology
MAPSS colloquium

Classes taken as a Berkeley graduate student

Spring 2006

Ethnographic Practice
Quantitative Research Methods
Research Methods in New Media
Research Colloquium in New Media

Fall 2005

Information Visualization (project)
Social Psychology
Participatory Media
Identity & Storytelling

Spring 2005

Information Law & Policy
Analysis of Information Systems
Information in Society
Political & Economic Development in the Third World
TaSED

Fall 2004

Information Organization & Retrieval (project)
Social & Organizational Issues of Information
Qualitative Research Methods
The Quality of Information (blog)
TaSED

Classes taken as a Berkeley undergraduate

Spring 2004

CS186: Databases
CS294-7: Art of Animation
Introduction to Drawing
Art of Photography
Research, TaSED

Fall 2003

CS164: Compilers & Languages
CS172: Computability & Complexity
CS294-12: ICT for Developing Regions
Political & Economic Development in the Third World
CS198: Programming Problems
Research, TaSED

Spring 2003

CS170: Algorithms
CS162: Operating Systems
Social Implications of Computing Technology
Scripting in Perl
Beautiful Code in Python
Research, TaSED, Talks

Fall 2002

CS184: Computer Graphics (projects)
CS174: Combinatorics & Discrete Probability
Planning for Sustainability
Human-Centered Computing seminar
Research, Coffeetalk, TaSED, Talks

Spring 2002

CS160: User Interface Design (project)
CS294-7: Tangible Interfaces (project)
Female Sexuality
Math 53: Multivariable Calculus
Mind, Brain, & Behavior
Research, Talks

Fall 2001

CS61C: Machine Structures
History of Science
Women in Science & Engineering
Research, Coffeetalk, Talks

Spring 2001

CS61B: Data Structures
CS70: Discrete Mathematics
EE42: Intro to Electrical Engineering

Fall 2000

Physics 7C: Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, & Modern Physics
CS61A: Structure & Interp. of Comp. Programs
Astronomy 10

Spring 2000

Physics 7B: Electromagnetism & Thermodynamics
Math 54: Linear Algebra & Differential Equations
Comparative Literature 60AC

Fall 1999

Physics 7A: Classical Mechanics
Spanish 2
Cognitive Science 108 (Lakoff)
Physics 24: Big Bang & Early Universe
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