I am an Assistant Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. I’m also part of the Community Data Science Collective, a group of computational social scientists working to understand online communities.
Most of my current research is focused around studying the processes that influence which communities gain attention and membership—why people start new communities, what pathways people take as they join and participate in different communities, etc. More broadly, I am interested in the conditions that promote cooperation, the social construction of understanding and knowledge, and how automated systems (algorithms, bots, etc.) influence the way social cognition happens. Much of my work uses computational and statistical tools to analyze large datasets.
If you would be interested in working with me, then please get in touch!
- August ‘21 - Sohyeon Hwang and I had our paper accepted at CSCW. Sohyeon interviewed twenty people who participated in small subreddits. In the paper [pdf] we argue that small communities help to structure the online information space, and provide a set of benefits that large communities cannot.
- Fall ‘21 - I am teaching two courses: Communication and Social Networks and a grad course called Intro to Programming and Data Science.