Kerry McInerney (Nee Mackereth)

Senior Research Fellow | Student Advisor


Dr Kerry McInerney (née Mackereth) is a Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, where she co-leads the Global Politics of AI project on how AI is impacting international relations. She is also a Research Fellow at the AI Now Institute (a leading AI policy thinktank in New York) and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL for 2023-2024.

Kerry’s work explores the intersections between race, gender, political violence, and artificial intelligence. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Signs, Big Data and Society, New Media and Society, Philosophy and Technology, Public Understanding of Science, Feminist Review, Ethics and Information Technology, Gender, Place and Culture, and the National Political Science Review. Kerry is the co-editor of the collection Feminist AI: Critical Perspectives on Algorithms, Data, and Intelligent Machines (2023, Oxford University Press), the collection The Good Robot: Why Technology Needs Feminism (2024, Bloomsbury Academic), and the co-author of the forthcoming book Reprogram: Why Big Tech is Broken and How Feminism Can Fix It (2026, Princeton University Press). She is also currently working on two other book projects. The first, tentatively titled Yellow Techno-Peril: Anti-Asian Racism and Artificial Intelligence, examines how anti-Asian racism and the trope of the ‘Yellow Peril’ shape AI geopolitics, narratives and discourse. The second is a trade book focuses on race, technology, and identity.

Kerry is an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker (2023), one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics (2022), one of Computing’s Rising Stars 30 (2023), and she has been shortlisted for the Champion of Women – Champion of Innovation (2022), Women of the Future – Technology and Digital (2022), and Women in Tech Excellence – Rising Star (2022) awards. She co-hosts the Good Robot podcast on feminism, gender and technology, and has appeared on popular shows such as BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking, The Guilty Feminist, BBC Cambridgeshire, the Colin McEnroe show, and the Radical AI Podcast. Her work has also been covered worldwide by media outlets like the BBC, BBC Today, Forbes, the Register, and the Daily Mail, The Guardian, the Telegraph, The Daily Mail, BBC Tech Tent, and many other international outlets.

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Kerry McInerney (Nee Mackereth)

Desirable Digitalisation

Applying intersectional and anthropological perspectives to designing AI for just and sustainable futures.

Kerry McInerney (Nee Mackereth)

Gender and AI

The ‘Gender and AI’ research stream develops feminist and queer approaches to AI that are informed by critical race theory, postcolonial/decolonial theory, Asian American/Asian diaspora studies, crip theory, and areas of justice-oriented knowledge and work.

Kerry McInerney (Nee Mackereth)

Global Politics of AI

An interdisciplinary project that contributes cutting-edge research on the geopolitics of AI and the implications of AI development and deployment on international political systems. The Global Politics of AI Project is co-chaired by Dr Kerry McInerney and Haydn Belfield, and it sits in both the AI:FAR and the AI:Narratives and Justice programmes, It is an interdisciplinary project […]