Beth Semel

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
History of Science Associated Faculty

Dr. Beth Semel is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and a faculty affiliate of the History of Science Program, the Program in Cognitive Science, and the newly launched Language and Intelligence Center. She is an ethnographer of computing, medicine, and listening who studies the sensory politics and technopolitics of AI in American mental healthcare. Her current book project traces the people, interpretive practices, and ethical tensions involved in building “vocal biomarker AI,” computational voice analysis technologies designed to track and triage people experiencing mental distress based on the sounds of their voice. She recently served as a subject matter expert for an Access Now report on the risks and harms of emerging biometric technologies.