About the SFI

The Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology was founded in 1999 to promote social research on science and technology at the University of Pittsburgh. The SFI organizes lectures, hosts distinguished speakers and visiting fellows, fosters research projects, and coordinates programming around a broad range of topics: human-machine relationships, science infrastructures, the risks and benefits of new technologies, communications, digital culture, and more.

The Institute was established and named in honor of Dr. Sara Fine (1932-2012), a long-time professor in the School of Information Sciences (1975-1998) who dedicated her career to investigating the psychological and sociological effects of new technologies. The most recent full-time Director of the Sara Fine Institute was the renowned sociologist Susan “Leigh” Star (1954-2010). Records and documentation covering the founding of the SFI and its first decade of activities (2000-2010) have been deposited in the University Archives at the University of Pittsburgh’s Archives Services Center, for preservation and future study.

Coverage of past SFI events, activities, and history: