Stefka Hristova, Soonkwan Hong Named IPEC Director, Associate Director
The Vice President for Research Office (VPR) and Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs are pleased to welcome the new director of the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC), Stefka Hristova (HU). She will also serve as the director of the Tech Forward Initiative for Policy, Ethics, and Culture.
Hristova was nominated for this position by IPEC's Executive Committee and approved by Vice President for Research Dave Reed and Associate Vice President for Research Development Kathy Halvorsen. Joining her is new IPEC Associate Director Soonkwan Hong (COB).
Hristova intends to build on the legacy of her predecessor. “IPEC's founding director, Jennifer Slack (HU), has been instrumental in setting the foundation for transdisciplinary scholarship engaging with policy, ethics, and culture,” she notes.
As IPEC director, Hristova's vision is to “bring ethics and culture into the center of inquiry vis-a-vis policy implications, while continuing to create collaborations to investigate techno-socio-cultural issues such as algorithmic culture, misinformation, ethics and AI, autonomous systems, robotics, surveillance and privacy, health care, bioethics, and overall human relationships in and with the changing environment.”