Patrick Keilty is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Professor Keilty's primary research interest is the politics of digital infrastructures in the online pornography industry. He works at the intersection of digital studies, technology studies, and information studies. His work spans issues in visual culture, sexual politics, critical algorithm studies, database logic, critical theory, and theories of gender, sexuality, and race. Through visual analysis, interviews with software programmers, interface designers, and data scientists, analysis of technical literatures, and theories of desire, Keilty's monograph project, provisionally titled Database Desires, examines the strategic choices designers make to structure and regulate sexual desire through algorithmic categorizations that attempt to softly persuade viewers into continuing to search for an “imagined perfect image."
His SSHRC-funded research on embodiment and technology, the history of information retrieval, technological transformations of gendered labor, duration and desire, design and experience, and taxonomies of pornography have appeared in Feminist Media Studies, The Information Society, Scholar & Feminist Online, JDoc, Library Trends, and Knowledge Organization, as well as several conference proceedings. He is co-editor of Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader. He recently presented papers at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies; Society for Social Studies of Science; Society for Literature, Science and the Arts; Contours of Algorithmic Life; Women and Technology Conference (keynote); Congress on Research in Dance; and the Association for Information Science & Technology. He has been invited to give talks at Cornell University, University of Michigan, National University of Singapore, Temple University, York University, and OCAD.
In addition to his appointment in the Faculty of Information, Professor Keilty is cross-appointed with the Cinema Studies Institute, Instructor in the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, affiliated faculty at the Technoscience Research Unit in the Women & Gender Studies Institute, affiliated faculty at Book History & Print Culture at Massey College, Senior Common Room Member at University College, and affiliated faculty at the Centre for the Study of the United States. He is also a member of the Politics of Evidence Working Group. Professor Keilty teaches courses on critical theory, digital theory, feminist and queer technology, and information infrastructures, which are variously cross-listed with Cinema Studies, Women & Gender Studies and Book History & Print Culture. He holds a PhD in Information Studies, concentration in Women's Studies (now Gender Studies), from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has previously been Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He has lived in Toronto since 2012, and is originally from Alta Loma, California.