Anissa Tanweer

Senior Social Scientist

Anissa Tanweer is a Senior Social Scientist at the eScience Institute, and serves as a sociotechnical expert for the Scientific Software Engineering Center (SSEC). She conducts ethnographic research on the practice and culture of data science, and brings a sociotechnical lens to bear on the design and implementation of data science training programs. She is passionate about leveraging action research to foster reflexive, ethical data science practices.

Dr. Tanweer serves as Program Chair for eScience’s Data Science Studies Special Interest Group and Program Chair for the UW Data Science for Social Good summer internship. She has published in journals such as Big Data & Society, the Harvard Data Science Review, and Information, Communication & Society. Dr. Tanweer’s dissertation, “Data science of the social: How the field is responding to ethical crisis and spreading across sectors” won the University of Washington’s 2018 Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences.


  • Ethnography
  • Qualitative methods
  • Data science ethics
  • Human-centered data science