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 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.
- 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
- I’ll presented work on identifying founders in peer production communities at Collective Intelligence at NYU June 15-16 (work done with Noshir Contractor).
- CSCW was great! CHI was great! The print version of our paper on adolescent peer groups is in print.