Grand Valley State University
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Digital Studies
Patrick Anderson is a West Michigan native and a Professor of Philosophy and Digital Studies at Grand Valley State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Texas A&M University, where he taught courses in Engineering Ethics, Philosophy of Law, and Contemporary Moral Issues and where he was the first student in the humanities to receive the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research in 2018. Now in his second year as faulty at GVSU, Patrick is piloting DS 360: Ethics of Digital Culture, a new class for the Digital Studies minor, which offers students a chance to explore the moral dimensions of government surveillance, surveillance capitalism, encryption, sousveillance, digital whistleblowing, cryptocurrency, internet access, weaponized drones, social media, and digital intellectual property rights. Patrick’s research focuses on sousveillance (watching from below), digital journalism, and surveillance capitalism, and he is beginning a new project in which he brings the insights of general systems theory to bear on data aggregation and ethics.