I study politicians, non-profit organizations, and television fans to understand how people use social media to organize, discuss, and enact social change. My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Nayar Prize, Amazon, DiscoverText, and Illinois Institute of Technology.
Social media has some very real toxicity challenges, like harassment and cyberbullying, that diminish its utility for collective efforts, so I work on curbing those too.
I have a few titles at the University of Michigan:
From 2010 - 2017, I was a faculty member in the Humanities Department and directed the Collective Action and Social Media Lab at Illinois Institute of Technology.
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Here’s a PDF of my CV, and a few recent publications:
- Hemphill, L., Culotta, A., & Heston, M. (2016). #Polar Scores: Measuring Partisanship Using Social Media Content. Journal of Information Technology & Politics. 13(4). doi: 10.1080/19331681.2016.1214093
- Shapiro, M. and Hemphill, L. (2017). Politicians and the Policy Agenda: Does Use of Twitter by the U.S. Congress Direct New York Times Content? Policy and Internet . doi: 10.1002/poi3.120
- Hemphill, L., Roback, A. (2014) Tweet Acts: How Constituents Lobby Congress via Twitter. Proceedings of the 2014 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Baltimore, MD. doi: 10.1145/2531602.2531735
- Hemphill, L., Otterbacher, J., and Shapiro, M.A. (2013) What’s Congress Doing on Twitter? Proceedings of the 2013 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, San Antonio, TX, 887-886. doi: 10.1145/2441776.2441876