Sarah T. Roberts, PhD

Sarah T. Roberts, PhD


I research notions of (digital) information in society, and attendant sociocultural, economic and ethical implications; teach undergraduates, graduate students, & business leaders; publish in academic & general interest media; & consult with organizations on information ethics, management, & strategy.

About Sarah

Sarah T. Roberts  is an assistant professor in the  Department of Information StudiesGraduate School of Education & Information Studies, at UCLA. From 2013 to 2016, she was an assistant professor at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) at Western University. Dr. Roberts completed her doctoral studies and was a fellow in the IMLS-funded Information in Society program at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) – now the iSchool at Illinois – at the University of Illinois
A co-founding principal at Stratelligence LLC and a co-founder of the Information Ethics & Equity Institute, Dr. Roberts  studies digital labor and “knowledge work,” and the reconfigurations of labor and production in a Post-Industrial, globalized context. This includes topics related to her dissertation, Behind the Screen: the Hidden Digital Labor of Online Content Moderation, which has developed into a full-fledged and long-term research agenda on the phenomenon, commercial content moderation.


Dr. Roberts’s research projects include:

  • commercial content moderation
  • digital labor
  • information work and workers
  • library and information organizational management
  • IT infrastructure and planning
  • social media and the Internet
  • digital economy
  • Internet governance and policy
  • digital ethics and related issues


Dr. Roberts teaches Information & Power & Information & Society at UCLA, and custom courses on similar themes at client organizations.