D.E. Wittkower is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Old Dominion University, where he teaches on philosophy of technology, information ethics, information literacy, and cybersecurity.
His research focuses on and branches out from the intersection of phenomenology of technology and feminist ethics of care. He has published work on topics including discrimination in design, informational economies of care, self and self-performance on Facebook, friendship online, the function and value of boredom on SNS, the role of the cute in digital culture, the phenomenology of audiobooks, the Occupy movement, ethics of care and employee loyalty, exploitation and community in crowdfunding, and the crisis in copyright. Current research focuses on data justice and anti-discriminatory design, with emphasis on race and disability.
In addition to being editor or author of six books on philosophy for a general audience, he is author or coauthor of forty-five book chapters and journal articles, in publications including First Monday, Techné, International Review of Information Ethics, The APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers, and Social Identities. He has also written for Slate, Speakeasy, and Passcode, and has recorded a dozen audiobooks that, combined, have been accessed over a million times.
He received his B.A. in society and the human condition from University of Redlands in 1997, his M.A. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 2004, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 2006.