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.
Work with Me
I’m recruiting students 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.
Get in Touch
Email is best.
Here’s a PDF of my CV, and a few recent publications:
- Liu, P., Guberman, J., Hemphill, L., & Culotta, A. (2018). Forecasting the presence and intensity of hostility on Instagram using linguistic and social features. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Web and Social Media. Stanford, CA, USA.
- 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., 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
- 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
Some of my work that’s not (yet) published. These are workshop papers, papers under review, and/or longer versions of papers for conferences that review only abstracts during submission.
You can find more at
- Deep Blue (Michigan’s institutional repository)
- arXiv.org (open access e-prints)
- SSRN (though I won’t post new papers here now that Elsevier owns it)