Kate Sim (she/hers) is a PhD Candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute researching the intersection of gender, technology, and epistemic in/justice. Her doctoral project researches the automation and datafication of sexual harassment reporting procedures in US higher education. She draws heavily from feminist epistemology and critical data studies to examine the credibility politics of designing digital reporting platforms. As a qualitative researcher, she employs employs ethnographically-informed methods to uncover how gendered assumptions and values are encoded in emerging data/AI-driven systems.

Kate’s previous research projects include: ethical and practical scopes of predictive risk assessment tools for child protection services in the UK; and the sexual politics of consent discourse. Beyond research, Kate has nearly a decade of experience in community organizing, survivor advocacy, and social policy in the US, UK, and South Korea.

She holds a MSc from the OII and a BA on Gender and Sexuality Studies from Harvard.

Research interests

Affect; consent; design; digital interface; epistemic in/justice; feminist epistemology; qualitative research; sexual politics; sexual violence; social control; social policy; Title IX


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