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Rodrigo Ferreira is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Computer Science at Rice University, where he is responsible for the ethics in computer science curriculum. In this role, Rodrigo teaches courses on the ethics of computing, data science, and artificial intelligence, and develops research on ethics in computer science education, computational culture, and tech policy.  

Rodrigo’s research has been published in various academic venues, including ACM and IEEE publications, and philosophy journals, such as Teaching Ethics, and has been featured in news media channels, including The Houston Chronicle, Telemundo, and NPR. Rodrigo is also co-creator (in collaboration with Dr. Moshe Vardi) of “Deep Tech Ethics” as a pedagogical approach that seeks to include greater focus on social responsibility in computer science education and is co-author of the “AI Ethics” recommendation report in the Mexican National AI Agenda (2020).

In addition to his position in Computer Science, Rodrigo also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Philosophy, is a member of Steering Committee for the Science and Technology Studies Program, and is a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.  

Research Areas

Technology and Ethics, Humanities/STEM Education, Critical Media Theory, Philosophy of Technology, 20th-Century and Contemporary Continental Philosophy


PhD, Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University (2019)

MA, Humanities and Social Thought, New York University (2014)

BA, Philosophy (with Honors) and Psychology, New York University (2009)


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