Luis Felipe R. Murillo

Assistant Professor
Faculty Fellow at the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center


Ph.D. Anthropology - University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. Social Anthropology - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
B.A. Social Anthropology - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Research and Teaching Interests

Anthropology of Science and Technology, Digital Computing, Science and Technology Studies, Political and Economic Anthropology, World Anthropologies, Hacking, Free and Open Source Technologies, Commons (tangible, intangible and otherwise).


Dr. Murillo's work is dedicated to the study of computing from an anthropological perspective. Based on long-term, collaborative ethnographic fieldwork alongside computer expert communities, his research explores questions of ethics, openness, sharing, and collaboration in contemporary science and technology projects. Across projects spanning hacker collectives in the Pacific Rim to open technology development at CERN, Dr. Murillo’s work investigates how computer experts design and implement digital technologies as responses to pressing social, political, and environmental issues within and beyond the Global North. He is currently working on a book project on the ethics and politics of the transnational computing commons.
Prior to joining ND, Dr. Murillo was a research associate at the School of Data Science, University of Virginia where he taught and conducted research on community-driven environmental sensing and the ethics of large-scale data analytics. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral research fellow of the Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Société (LISE-CNAM-CNRS), where he studied the development of open technologies for critical infrastructures at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). In 2017, he co-founded the Journal of Open Hardware. From 2014-16 he was research fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he worked on qualitative research data management, protection, and sharing. In addition to his research and community work, he has also served as a lecturer at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the École Polytechnique (l'X) in France.

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