Isabelle Higgins

Teaching Fellow


Isabelle is a Teaching Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge, where she contributes to the MSt in AI Ethics and Society. She is also a postdoctoral researcher in Digital Wellness and Disinformation with the Digital Good Network, where she works on a project between the University of Sheffield and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This research aims to complicate understandings of the ‘rabbit holes’ that connect digital wellness, conspiracy theories and far-right ideologies in the context of the 2024 United States elections.

Isabelle studied for her PhD at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. Her work explores how internet use effects transnational and transracial adoption in the USA and reproduces intersectional forms of structural inequality. Isabelle’s research interests centre around drawing on insights from reproductive sociology, the sociology of ‘race’ and racism and decolonial thought to explore the ways that everyday digital technology use shapes the lives of children and young people, particularly those experiencing multiple forms of marginalisation. She is also committed to thinking reflexively about the function and effects of digital research methods.  Isabelle has held fellowships at Cambridge Digital Humanities, the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress and the New School Institute for Critical Social Inquiry. She has published her empirical research with the journal New Media and Society.

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Isabelle Higgins