Professor Neff studies innovation, the digital transformation of industries, and how new technologies impact work. She has studied digital change in the media, health care, and construction industries.
She has published three books and over three dozen research articles on innovation and the impact of digital transformation. Her book, Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries (MIT Press, 2012), about the rise of internet industries in New York, won the 2013 American Sociological Association Communication and Information Technologies Best Book Award. Self-Tracking, co-authored with Dawn Nafus (MIT Press, 2016) focuses on the practices and politics of using consumer technologies to track health and other everyday personal metrics. Her ongoing project on large-scale building architecture and construction examines how new information and communication technologies require new ways of working and the challenges of implementing these changes at an industrial scale.
She is a faculty affiliate of the Center on Organizational Innovation at Columbia University and has previously held faculty appointments at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego. She has had fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for Information Technology Policy.
- Self-tracking (Apple Watch, Fitbit)
- Digital innovation
- Technology and society
- Internet and work
- Big data and work
Professor Neff has written for a number of outlets including Slate, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Wired UK and has been cited in, among others, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.