Full Name
Maria Sapignoli
Academic title
Assistant Professor
Università Statale di Milano
Organisation type
Public Organisation
Maria Sapignoli is Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Milan. She is a board member of the PHILTECH@UNIMI. She is also Cooperation Partner and Scientific Committee member of the research cluster she co-founded, Anthropology of AI in Policing and Justice, at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.  Maria has spent the past decade conducting ethnographic fieldwork in southern Africa, in several international organizations, and most recently in Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has explored topics of institutional reform, indigenous and minority rights, social movements and advocacy, and, ultimately, justice. Maria's most recent work investigates how AI systems are being conceptualized, developed, and applied in governance, including the values and aspirations that become codified in policies and programs, as well as the various attempts to de-colonize such systems.  
Maria Sapignoli