STUDENTS | Alex Reiss-Sorokin

Alex Reiss-Sorokin

Current Research Areas: history and sociology of information technology; legal information technologies; law and technology; professional work and practice; categorization and organization of knowledge; search and indexing; infrastructure, repair, and maintenance

Alex is interested in the social, political, and technological aspects of legal practice and knowledge making. Her dissertation project explores how lawyers and legal professionals use technology to navigate the law. The project combines historical and ethnographic methods to investigate how national context shapes the development and use of legal information technologies, and how changes in the material technologies of law shape legal practice and legal knowledge making. In previous research projects, Alex investigated the role of repair and maintenance work in large organizations and the early history of Google Search.

Alex holds an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law. She also holds a BA from the Multidisciplinary Program in Humanities at Tel Aviv University with a focus on the history and philosophy of science and ideas. Before coming to MIT, Alex worked as a criminal defense attorney in Tel Aviv, Israel.