Coding Social Reality: Space, Knowledge Production, and Gender in the Collegiate Computer Science Lab
The professional field of computer science features a heavy gender imbalance, which is reflected in undergraduate programs. Through ethnographic work conducted in the after-hours Computer Science lab at a private college, I explore how space, epistemology, and gender work to cultivate a hierarchy among students based on perceptions of authority and indexical discourse. This hierarchy mostly does not consider the contributions made by female students in the space, cultivating a space in which masculine ideals predominate. A byproduct of this could be the implicit exclusion of women from the space, perhaps due to a lack of comfort or to frustration generated by being dismissed by their male counterparts.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2018
- F&M Theses Collection