Alisa Maksimova is a postdoc at CAIS. She is a part of the research programm “Educational technology and Artificial Intelligence”. In the programm, she focuses on studying informal learning settings and configuration of technology within interaction, as well as social and cultural perceptions of AI in education.
- Alisa Maksimova studied at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University), Moscow, Russia, obtaining BA and MA degree in Sociology there. She finished graduate school in 2016, and defended her PhD thesis, titled “The order of social interaction in a museum of science and technology: opportunities of microsociological approach”, in 2017
- In autumn 2015 she spent two months as visiting scholar at Work, Interaction and Technology Research Centre, King’s College London (UK)
- From 2017 to 2020 Alisa was a team member of a project “Sociotechnical barriers of the implementation and use of information technologies in Russia: sociological analysis” (Russian Science Foundation grant)
- From 2017 until 2022 she worked as a research assistant and then research fellow at the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, HSE University
- In 2019–2022, Alisa has been teaching at HSE University. Among courses she developed and taught are Audience Analysis for Cultural Projects, Museums and Memory, and Introduction to Sociology.
- From 2017 until 2022 Alisa has also been working as an independent consultant and researcher in the field of audience analysis for cultural and educational institutions
- Her areas of expertise include interactional sociology and qualitative social studies. Among Alisa’s research interests are conversation analysis, ethnomethodology, science and technology studies, as well as museum studies. Alisa’s projects concern studying technology and interaction in various contexts. She has investigated human-robot interaction in a call center and has done research on how people explore and make sense of contemporary museum exhibitions
- Recently, Alisa was involved in projects investigating how presentations about the past are formed and contested online. In 2021 she was a PI of a project group “Online forms of collective memory: participatory culture and ‘public historians’ in YouTube”, and in 2021-2022 took part in a project “Historical figures in social media: modes and contexts of use” (HSE University)