Vanessa Wrenn Rhinesmith
Vanessa Wrenn Rhinesmith is the Associate Research Director for the Technology and Social Change (TaSC) Research Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. The project aims to understand how media manipulation is a means to control public conversation, derail democracy, and disrupt society. The project conducts research, develops tools, and facilitates workshops for journalists, policy makers, technologists, and civil society organizations on how to detect, document, and debunk media manipulation campaigns. Ms Rhinesmith also leads digital HKS, a student-centered initiative at the Kennedy School that aims to provide students with pathways for engaging with technology in service to the public interest. Vanessa received her MBA from Simmons School of Management (Boston, MA) and BS in Marketing from Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT). Ms Rhinesmith is currently pursing her MPP from Simmons University with a focus on gender, information, and technology as it intersects with advocacy, policy, and international relations. In her free time, you’ll find her reading graphic novels with her (almost) ten-year-old daughter or traveling to the Florida Keys to scuba dive.