Dana Karout


Dana Karout is an interdisciplinary researcher and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a PhD candidate in the Department of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. Dana's work focuses on the pedagogical and theoretical implications of contemporary generative AI, exploring what our interactions with each other and tools such as ChatGPT reveal about our culture. She has written on generative AI as a mirror and as a "partner in unknowing," in publications such as Wired and Emergence Magazine

Dana also works on leadership development across the US and the Middle East, designing experiential and innovative workshops for established and emergent leaders, from government ministers to activists. Her work aims to build the capacity of individuals and communities to hold conflict, navigate complexity, and resist the urge to rely on quick fixes and authorities in the face of intractable challenges. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Research interests: 

Critical Theory

Philosophy of Technology

Cultural Studies  


Speculative Fiction


New Media