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:
I’m recruiting undergrads, graduate students, and post docs to work with me at both UMSI and ICPSR. Check out some of my research or other activities, and contact me if you’re interested.
Undergrads and master’s students should already be enrolled at UM.
PhD students will be admitted through the School of Information; applications are due December 1.
Post docs could have administrative homes at either UMSI or the Institute for Social Research.
Email is best.
Here’s a PDF of my CV, and a few recent publications: