Patrick Keilty

Patrick Keilty is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Archives Director of the Sexual Representation Collection in the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. Professor Keilty's primary research interest is the politics of digital infrastructures in the pornography industry. His work spans issues in visual culture, sexual politics, technology studies, media studies, information studies, political economy, critical theory, and theories of gender, sexuality, and race. He is the author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles, editor of three journal special issues, an edited book, and has delivered more than 40 refereed conference papers and 35 invited lectures.

Through visual analysis, interviews with software programmers, interface designers, data scientists, and sex workers, 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 mediation that attempt to softly persuade viewers into continuing to search for an “imagined perfect image." His research project, Sexy Data, is generously supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). He is Co-Investigator on Archive/ Counter-Archive, also funded through SSHRC, and Co-Investigator on the Technoscience Research Unit Lab for Environmental Data Justice, which is supported through the Connaught Global Challenge Award.

In addition to his appointment in the Faculty of Information, Professor Keilty is cross-appointed with the Cinema Studies Institute, Women and Gender Studies Institute, and member of the Technoscience Research Unit. He was co-lead editor for Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience from 2017 - 2019. Professor Keilty teaches courses on digital studies, feminist and queer technology studies, and information infrastructures, which are variously cross-listed with Cinema Studies and Women & Gender Studies. 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. Check out what he's reading on Goodreads.