MC Forelle is a Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the first to be based at Cornell Tech in New York City. Her work broadly examines the intersection of law, technology, and culture, with particular interests in materiality, sustainability, and practices of resistance and change. Currently, she is expanding her dissertation into a book project that studies the legal and technical obstacles faced by users, tinkerers, and repair communities working to repair, maintain, and modify software-enabled automotive technologies.
She graduated from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2019, where her dissertation utilized a multimethod qualitative approach to examine how copyright presents a legal challenge to car owners and mechanics attempting to do their own repairs, and how those communities responded to that challenge. She has an MA in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University, and a BS in Film, TV, and Radio from Boston University. Her past work has explored the world of credit default swaps in finance, interactive music videos online, and policies of diversity ownership in broadcast media. Born in Venezuela, she now lives in Brooklyn with her partner, kids, and dog named Dr. Waffles.