Erin McElroy is a postdoctoral researcher at New York University’s AI Now Institute, researching the digital platforms used by landlords that surveil, racialize, and evict tenants. Erin earned a doctoral degree in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a project based on the politics of race, space, and gentrification in and between Romania and Silicon Valley. Erin is also cofounder of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and the Radical Housing Journal, both projects committed to housing justice and intersections of research and tenant organizing.
Her current work focuses on the surveillance and AI systems embedded in landlord technology, or the digital platforms and infrastructure used by the real estate industry that abet processes of gentrification, speculation, and racial dispossession. To this end, McElroy leads a project, Landlord Tech Watch, to map landlord tech deployment and analyze its associated harms. Additionally, with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, she is codeveloping a tool to help counter technologies of displacement, Evictorbook, which empowers tenants with data about landlord portfolios, eviction histories, and ownership networks.