I am a computational social scientist, currently working on a PhD in the Media, Technology and Society Program at Northwestern University. I’m part of the Community Data Science Collective, run by Aaron Shaw and Mako Hill.
Most of my current research is focused around studying new online peer production communities - why people start new communities, what impact project founders have, and what early collaboration and communication structures are associated with productive communities. More broadly, I am interested in the social construction of understanding and knowledge, and especially how automated systems (algorithms, bots, etc.) influence the way social cognition happens. I typically use computational and statistical tools to analyze large datasets.
- I am working with Joshua Becker and Kat Albrecht to organize the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science Chicago
- I had a great time at ICA; Prague was lovely, the conference was great, and it was great to talk to others excited about the role of computational approaches to Communication (slides from my presentation).
- Our agent-based modeling paper (now with Mako Hill and Nate TeBlunthuis) was accepted for a presentation at IC2S2 2018.
- We set up an online walkthrough to reproduce from scratch the analysis that we did for our book chapter “A Computational Analysis of Social Media Scholarship”. The chapter got a lot of great press, including a writeup on BoingBoing.
- My agent-based modeling paper with Mako Hill was accepted to the ICA computational methods track at ICA 2018.
- My paper (preprint PDF) with Nosh Contractor was accepted at iConference. I’m super excited to be going back to the UK, where I lived for a few years as an LDS missionary