Graduate Student Affiliates

Graduate student affiliates

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Peter Andringa

Peter Andringa is a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford (Exeter College), where he is studying an MSc in Social Science of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute (2021-22) and a master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government (2022-23). He is interested in the intersection of journalism, platform policy, and law, exploring how structural conditions of the internet facilitate or inhibit accountability journalism. He studied at UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A., Journalism & Computer Science) and Duke University as a Robertson Scholar.

 

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Parker Bach

Parker Bach is Ph.D. student and Roy H. Park Fellow in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill. Parker researches online cultural politics, with particular interests in political humor, youth politics, and the American Right. His research incorporates both qualitative and computational methods. Parker holds an MA in Media, Culture, & Technology from the University of Virginia.

 

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Sérgio Barbosa

Sérgio Barbosa is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra, where he is part of the program "Democracy in the Twenty-First Century". Since August 2020, Sérgio has been a Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) fellow. In addition, he holds a Digital Humanism junior fellowship at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna. His research interests include the emerging forms of political participation vis-à-vis the possibilities afforded by chat apps, with emphasis on WhatsApp for digital activism and everyday social interactions, focusing on Digital Sociology, Digital Activism, Digital Literacy and Global South.

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Ava Francesca Battocchio 

Ava Francesca Battocchio is an Information & Media Ph.D. Candidate and University Enrichment Fellow in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University. Their research employs ethnographic and computational methods to explore how rural, remote and post-industrial community structure and collective identity shape hybrid civic storytelling networks. This work explores how these communities, particularly those underserved by local news and broadband, learn about and organize around challenging social issues.

 

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Keith Baybayon

Keith Baybayon, a dynamic advocate and forward-thinker, is a Strategic Advisory Council member at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. Notably, as the youngest member of the IPC Strategic Advisory Council, specializing in Children and Youth in a Digital World, Keith showcases his dedication to enhancing digital literacy and advocating for youth digital rights. His leadership as Chair of the IPC Youth Advisory Council echoes his commitment, guiding young individuals across Ontario in advocating for improved privacy education and digital literacy among youth. As a member of Canada's first-ever Youth Assembly on Digital Rights and Safety, Keith collaborated with peers to craft vital recommendations for Canadian youth digital rights. Keith stands as a passionate advocate and thought leader, driving meaningful change within the intersection of technology, privacy, and youth advocacy. His research interests include youth digital rights, digital literacy enhancement, technology's societal impacts, privacy, and mis/disinformation.

 

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Talia Berniker

Talia Berniker is a Ph.D. student in Communication at Cornell University. Broadly, her research uses qualitative methods to examine how emerging communication technologies are represented in public policy and advertising campaigns.

 

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Sakshi Bhalla

Sakshi Bhalla is a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois's Institute of Communications Research. She studies news consumption, its interactions with politics and what that can mean for being politically informed. Her work incorporates a variety of qualitative, quantitative and network analytic methods.

 

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Lauren Bridges

Lauren Bridges is a Ph.D. candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She researches the social and environmental impacts of digital infrastructures. Bridges has published on surveillance infrastructures, digital labor, and moments of digital failure, among other topics. She is co-PI of a two-year grant from the Internet Society. Starting in Fall 2023, Bridges will be fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

 

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Jaclyn Carroll

Jaclyn Carroll is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Boston College specializing in deviance, communication, and health culture. She is currently completing a dissertation on wellness influencers and online health coaches, focusing on their migration toward extremist beliefs and their spread of institutional distrust and covid-era misinformation. Her work interrogates new frontiers of expertise and the limitations of platform regulation.

 

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Diana Casteel

Diana Casteel is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her areas of interest include political discourse, conservative news cultures, critical disinformation, and the social construction of knowledge. She is currently working on her dissertation which explores the discursive online communities constructed by female conservative political influencers and self-identified journalists using a critical interpretivist perspective.

 

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Jaylexia Clark

Jaylexia Clark is a PhD Candidate and 2022-2023 Fulbright recipient in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Her primary research interests are, structural racial and gender inequality, platform work, and digital entrepreneurship. Currently, she is investigating the experiences of female digital entrepreneurs and platform workers in Accra, Ghana. This project is a part of her ongoing research which seeks to bridge the gap between theories on gendered racial capitalism and platform capitalism.

 

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Carl Colglazier

Carl Colglazier is a PhD student in Technology and Social Behavior at Northwestern University. Carl studies sociotechnical systems and their impact on public discourse with a particular focus on decentralized social networks like Mastodon.

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Nicole Cote

Nicole Cote is a Ph.D. student at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY). Her research investigates the historical and contemporary entanglements of media, technology, and cultural work that shape how “natural” disasters and other environmental crises are understood in the public sphere, and how they might be refigured.

 

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Elliott Edsall

Elliott Edsall is a first-year PhD student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research centers on American political culture, specifically in the realm of right-wing media. He is primarily interested in the way conservative media figures relate themselves to their audiences, and how political and cultural symbols are used to represent outlets' target audiences. He is interested in how political media affects American culture more broadly.

 

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Azza El Masri

Azza El Masri is a doctoral student in Journalism and Media at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a journalist, disinformation expert, and digital security consultant that has worked with independent media organizations, human rights organizations, and journalism students across North Africa and Western Asia (NAWA) to develop and support open-source investigations and fact-checking projects. Her research interests sit at the intersection of media, technology and human rights.

 

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Kim Fernandes

Kim Fernandes is a joint doctoral candidate in Anthropology & Education at the University of Pennsylvania. As a researcher, writer and educator, they are interested in when and how the body meets and moves through the world. Their current research, emerging from their dissertation project, lies at the intersections of disability, data and governance.

 

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Margaret E. Foster 

Margaret E. Foster (Maggie) is a Ph.D. student in Communication at Cornell University. Her research interests include gender-based violence, epistemic (in)justice, online creator economies, aspirational aesthetics, and queer theory. Prior to Cornell, she completed her MA in Media & Communication at UNC Chapel Hill, where she studied the #MeToo movement.

 

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Shedrick Garrett

Shedrick Garrett is a Ph.D. student in the Developmental Psychology program at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received his B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience with an area of emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience from West Virginia University. Garrett's program of research explores the role of digital media on positive youth development and socialization experiences.

 

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Akriti Gaur

Akriti Gaur is an Indian lawyer currently pursuing a J.S.D. at Yale Law School where she also serves as a Tutor in Law. She obtained her LL.M. degree from Yale Law School in 2022. Akriti is a Resident Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project and a research affiliate with the Yale Genocide Studies Program (Mass Atrocities in the Digital Era Project). Before coming to Yale, Akriti was a policy advisor and an independent researcher focusing on technology and human rights in India.

 

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Nicholas Gerstner

Nicholas Gerstner is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He researches culture, media, and technology, with particular attention to the cultural politics of common sense. Nicholas' current research traces a techno-cultural history of “polarization” that describes how an idea once limited to the study of electromagnetism has become a common and apparently obvious way to describe society.

 

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Rohan Grover

Rohan Grover is a PhD student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on how human-data relations are constructed and (de)stabilized through technology policy and platform governance. He holds an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

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Kamile Grusauskaite

Kamile Grusauskaite is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute for Media Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium. She was previously a visiting doctorate researcher at Yale Sociology. Her research lies at the intersection of media and cultural sociology. She has written about conspiracy theories, online 'deviance', online subcultures, platform politics, and mechanisms of online socialization. Her work was published in journals like Social Media + Society, New Media and Society and Public Understanding of Science.

 

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Ståle Grut

Ståle Grut (M.A. University of Amsterdam) is a doctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo. His research interests include journalism, platforms, social media, digital open source investigations, and technology. Routledge will publish his book, "Evaluating Digital Sources in Journalism: An Introduction to Digital Source Criticism", in 2024.

 

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Namita Gupta

Namita Gupta is a doctoral student at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research lies at the intersection of print and digital public sphere, where she aims to study the impact of new technologies on social and political discourse in popular culture. Particularly, she is interested in examining nationalism and resistance in new media publics.

 

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Hunter Hinson

Hunter Hinson is a Shirley Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he is pursuing an MSc in Social Science of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute (2023-24). His research focuses on how violence, hate, and political radicalization are promoted online through computational propaganda and other emerging technologies like generative AI. He holds a BA in Communication and Political Science from the University of Southern California.

 

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Edith Hollander

Edith Hollander is a graduate researcher in the Department of Journalism and Media at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research broadly focuses on the intersections of markets and civic engagement in digital media and tech industries. She currently hold a position as a Graduate Student Fellow at the Center for Media Engagement at UT Austin and have previously worked as a research assistant at reproductive rights organization NARAL Pro-Choice America, where she studied anti-abortion movement tactics and disinformation campaigns, and at Princeton’s Bridging Divides Initiative, where she used open-source tools to monitor acts of political violence.

 

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Sudhamshu Hosamane

Sudhamshu Hosamane is a first-year PhD student in Information Science at Rutgers University- New Brunswick. He is interested in studying and modelling human reactions to user-generated content on the internet and has had a longstanding interest in keeping the internet safe and accessible. His current research interests are in social media experiments, online disinformation campaigns, crowdsourcing information, adaptive experiments, studying misinformation on private messaging channels.

 

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Heesoo Jang

Heesoo Jang is a Ph.D. student at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill. Before coming to UNC-Chapel Hill, she worked at SNU FactCheck Center, the first and only fact-checking platform in South Korea. Through her research, she aims to address the multifaceted impacts of AI systems and digital platforms on people and society, focusing on the aspects of politics, power, and ethics. She is passionate about her research because of its implications for democracy.

 

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Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson is a Ph.D. student and Roy H. Park Fellow in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill. He was a journalist with the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2016-2017, has worked in public relations, and has written for Slate, The Hill, and Task and Purpose. His current research focuses are on how social media is being used for positive mental health purposes, and on how information warfare tactics are being used domestically and internationally.

 

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Patrick R. Johnson

Patrick R. Johnson is the Director of Student Media and teaching assistant professor of journalism in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa whose work centers on finding a pathway toward more just and equitable futures in journalism and media practice. He focuses his time on understanding how news literacy, journalism education, and journalism practice intersect. Patrick is also deeply passionate about teaching and the role of journalism schools in the professionalization of their students. LGBTQ advocacy is core to his personal mission and identity.

 

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Evan R. Jones

Evan R. Jones is a Ph.D. student at UNC-Chapel Hill. His research investigates space, place, and abandonment as communication phenomena. He is currently writing a dissertation on the adaptive reuse of decommissioned shipping containers and the processes of placemaking.

 

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Kaitlin Joshua

Kaitlin Joshua is a third-year doctoral student in Department of Sociology at UNC Chapel Hill and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She is broadly interested in reproductive health, mental health, culture, and media. Her current projects examine the intersection of culture and reproductive health outcomes.

 

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Alexis Shore

Alexis Shore is a PhD Candidate in the Division of Emerging Media Studies at Boston University. Drawing on frameworks from communication, law, and policy, her work seeks to enhance privacy and free expression within socio-technical systems ranging from legacy messaging platforms to the metaverse. Currently, she is completing her dissertation on screenshot collection and sharing of interpersonal digital messages, using experimental and traditional legal methods to understand the privacy harms enabled by these behaviors and propose solutions for design and policy.

 

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Stephanie Kaczynski

Stephanie Kaczynski is a Royster Fellow and PhD student in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also pursuing UNC’s Graduate Certificates in Participatory Research and Cultural Studies. Her work centers the biopolitical and colonial relationship between mobility and the nation-state, focusing on the ways marginalized communities resist police racism.

 

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Zarine Kharazian

Zarine Kharazian is a PhD student in the Department of Human-Centered Engineering at the University of Washington, where she works at the Center for an Informed Public. Her research focuses on how online communities across a variety of platforms govern and are governed as they navigate disinformation, cyber-enabled influence operations, and related online harms.

 

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Isaac Kimmel 

Isaac Kimmel is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Isaac’s research synthesizes insights from cultural sociology, legislative studies, and political communication to advance our understanding of the evolution of social problems in American public discourse. Isaac’s dissertation relies on qualitative analysis of 2020 congressional candidates’ Twitter accounts to illuminate the influence of political pressures on COVID-19 as a cultural object. Isaac holds an MA in sociology from Notre Dame and a BA in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He anticipates finishing his PhD in 2023.

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Allison Koh

Allison Koh is a Ph.D. researcher at the Hertie School's Centre for International Security in Berlin. Her dissertation research focuses on how pro-government actors from authoritarian regimes can leverage the vulnerabilities of social media to influence transnational information flows, even on platforms where their governments do not have direct provision over content moderation. More broadly, Koh's interests include computational methods, online disinformation, transnational repression, and coercive power dynamics on social media.

 

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Robin Lange

Robin Lange is a third year PhD student working with Dr. Brooke Foucault Welles at Northeastern University. Her research interests include covering online hate speech and leadership in teams. Her current project includes understanding how hate speech impacts entire communities, and that by studying vicarious victimization, we can better understand the harm of hate speech and how community based interventions can reduce its harm. Robin is also working on a collaboration with igraph and Women in Network Science to study leadership in open-source communities.

 

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Yena Lee

Yena Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern School of Communication. She is a member of Digital Apothecary Lab and an affiliate of Center for Latinx Digital Media and The Center for Race and Digital Studies. She is interested in studying the emerging forms and processes of networked social movement and the technological, political, and organizational conditions that enable or challenge the rise of such movements.

 

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Rebecca (Becca) Lewis

Becca Lewis is a PhD candidate in Communication at Stanford University, an incoming Dissertation Fellow at the Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and a Graduate Fellow at the Stanford Cyber Policy Center. Her research has been published in academic journals including New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, and American Behavioral Scientist.

 

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Lan Li

Lan Li is a Ph.D. student at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Information and Library Science. Her research explores how technologies such as AI and online labor platforms shape how we find and conduct work, and its implications for workers and skill development. Prior to joining UNC-Chapel Hill, Lan worked as a programmer developing digital learning tools.

 

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Benjamin Listyg

Benjamin Listyg is a PhD candidate in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Department at the University of Georgia. His substantive research interests primarily revolve around improving how workers find occupations that match their interests and skillset. His methodological interests focus on Item Response Theory (IRT) modeling, mixed-effect modeling, and applied graph theory.

 

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Dien Luong

Dien Luong is an upcoming PhD student in Communication and Media at the University of Michigan. He has held fellowship positions at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore and the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dien is also interested in researching Big Tech-government relations, online censorship and the media landscape in Southeast Asia.

 

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Alphoncina Lyamuya

Alphoncina Lyamuya is a Ph.D. student at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California. Her research is centered on the intersection of digital technologies, transnational governance, and inequality. She focuses on the use of automated decision-making systems, data science techniques, and other digital infrastructures by governments and humanitarian agencies in migration management and border control.

 

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Daniel Malmer

Daniel Malmer is a Ph.D. student and Roy H. Park fellow in the Media and Communication program at UNC-Chapel Hill. He uses computational methods to study online radicalization, extremism, and conspiracy theories. Prior to UNC, Dan had a long career in software development in Silicon Valley. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

 

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Zelly Martin

Zelly Martin is a graduate research assistant at the Center for Media Engagement and a current Ph.D. candidate in Journalism and Media at the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated with an M.A. in Journalism and Media from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Feminist Studies from Southwestern University. Her research focuses on disinformation and data surveillance, particularly as they exacerbate inequality of marginalized communities.

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Danilo Reuben-Matamoros

Danilo Reuben-Matamoros is a Ph.D. student at the University of Leeds School of Media and Communication. His current research focuses on online civility. Prior research interests include social media and the ethnographic study of advertising in Costa Rica. Danilo is a former lecturer of sociology and social science research methods at the University of Costa Rica’s Schools of Sociology, Public Health, and Library and Information Sciences.

 

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Ethan McAndrews

Ethan McAndrews is a Yenching Scholar at Peking University, where he is studying an MA in International Politics. He is interested in the intersection of international relations, culture, and technology, primarily exploring how states shape the conditions of digital culture and communication within modern society. He studied at Indiana University Bloomington (B.A., International Relations & East Asian Studies) and Nanjing University as a Boren Scholar.

 

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Emily Mendelson

Emily Mendelson is a doctoral student in Interpersonal Communication at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is interested in how individuals make sense of their relationships and communicate about their relationships to others. More specifically, Emily researches communication during sexual encounters, mediated displays of public intimacy, and how individuals understand love and care.

 

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Brooke Molokach

Brooke Molokach is a PhD student in Communication at the University of Delaware. Her research centers on affective polarization, motivated reasoning, and the role of intellectual humility in reducing misinformation beliefs, moral disengagement, and dehumanization of political opponents. She is also interested in the narrative-based mechanisms of disinformation and how these narrative features can exploit the salience of group identity. Brooke holds an M.A. in International Affairs from American University and a B.A. in English from Yale University.

 

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Ayana Monroe

Ayana Monroe is a 1st year Ph.D. student at the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science. Her current research focuses on increasing the transparency of systems that reduce friction in the everyday lives of various users while also creating and expanding ways in which users can interact or participate in their creation. In addition to the creation of such systems, she interrogates existing systems while also addressing inequities that may be present in them.

 

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Roxana Muenster

Roxana Mika Muenster is a PhD student in the graduate field of Communications at Cornell University. Her work focuses on social movements, the far-right and digital communication. Currently, she is researching lifestyle politics on the far-right and their role in the online spread of ideology. She has a background in journalism, including as the Marjorie Deane Fellow at the Economist, and has worked as a researcher at the FU Berlin, the LSE and Cornell University.

 

Sarah Nguyễn

Sarah Nguyễn is a PhD student at the University of Washgton's Information School, where she also received a Master in Library and Information Science. They investigate memory and trauma, problematic information, and information disorder among immigrant and refugee diaspora, and non-English communities.

 

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Enrique Nunez-Mussa

Enrique Núñez-Mussa is a Ph.D. student in the Information and Media program at Michigan State University and is a Fulbright scholar.  He is an external graduate student affiliated with the Center for Latinx Digital Media of Northwestern University. His research interests are journalism's societal function, authority, discourse, and norms.

 

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Pratik Nyaupane

Pratik Nyaupane is a doctoral student in communication at the University of Southern California in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where he broadly looks at the intersection between society, technology, and politics. As a graduate researcher, Pratik has been exploring the ways in which technology mediates interactions through state and corporate power. He also looks at the digitization practices of citizenship, migration, and borders and how digital technologies have an impact on democratic cultural and political processes. He holds an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in Informatics.

 

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Kara Ortiga

Kara Ortiga is currently a PhD Candidate at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She is interested in how and why online users or audiences become entangled with disinformation narratives. She finished her Master of Digital Communication and Culture at the University of Sydney and was a feature writer for Esquire, CNN Philippines, and Vice Asia.

 

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Ellen Perleberg

Ellen Perleberg is a Master of Science in Library Science student at UNC-Chapel Hill and the co-principal investigator of the Yallah Y'all Queer Jewish Linguistics lab at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her current research focuses on "algospeak" and other forms of digital language innovation, especially in relation to digital labor practices.

 

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Contia’ Prince

Contia' Prince is a two-time graduate of Elon University, where she completed her B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts and her M.A. in Interactive Media. She is currently a Park Doctoral Fellow and CITAP affiliate in the Hussman School of Media & Journalism interested in the way historical and contemporary narratives of “defectiveness” impact perceptions of contemporary black women. She is also interested in how black women navigate these narratives while expressing themselves through changes in their physical appearance.

 

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Megan Rim

Megan Rim is a PhD Candidate in American Culture and Digital Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research interests broadly look at race and digital technology with specific attention to social movements, surveillance, infrastructures, and algorithmic bias. Her work is theoretically and methodologically inspired by Black and Women of Color Feminisms, Feminist STS, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, and Critical Data Studies.

 

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Alex Rochefort

Alex Rochefort is a PhD Candidate in the Division of Emerging Media Studies at Boston University’s College of Communication. He is currently working on a dissertation that uses theories of the policymaking process to explain the emergence of digital platform regulation as a public concern in the United States. His broader research interests include platform governance, tech policy, and human rights. Alex has held fellowships with Freedom House and Ranking Digital Rights. In 2022 he participated in the Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute.

 

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Nishant Sahdev

Nishant Sahdev is a research scholar at Delhi Technological University, New Delhi, India. He is doing his work on monetary policy & flow. He keeps a good knowledge of South Asia History and the Indian constitution. He has received various scholarships from the government of India.

 

Sananda Sahoo

Sananda Sahoo is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Studies at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She looks at the intersections of public, public space, and digital infrastructures. Her previous research includes political posters and platforms, Internet shutdowns, sites of violence in the digital sphere, data imaginaries in colonial and democratic India, and colonial narratives in photographs and memoirs by women.

 

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Mariana Sánchez Santos

Mariana Sánchez Santos is a Ph.D. student in the School of Communication at American University. She holds a BA in International Relations from ITAM in Mexico City and a Master of Arts in Political Communication from the University of Leeds, UK. Her Ph.D. research focuses on political communication, elections, and technology in Latin America.

 

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Arjun Sawhney

Arjun Sawhney is a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at Queen's University at Kingston. He is currently studying jurisprudence, political philosophy, and the social impacts of artificial intelligence. Arjun's work explores many areas in philosophy and has most recently focused on the impact of policing algorithms on Indigenous communities.

 

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Rebecca Scharlach

Rebecca Scharlach is an international PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a core member of the ERC-funded research project DigitalValues. Her dissertation, supervised by Limor Shifman, focuses on the construction of values by social media platforms. Broadly, her research critically examines the intersection between platform governance and society.

 

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Reed Van Schenck

Reed Van Schenck is a Ph.D candidate in Communication and Rhetoric at the University of Pittsburgh and an assistant debate coach at the William Pitt Debating Union. Their research applies critical-cultural studies to understand reactionary digital networks. They are currently working on their dissertation which interrogates the decline of the Alt-Right after 2017 and the ideological effects of platform governance in the United States.

 

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Jessica Shaw

Jessica Shaw is a Ph.D. student and a Roy H. Park fellow at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill. Jessica's current research explores the public understanding and ethics of data privacy in strategic communication efforts, such as advertisements, disclaimers, and PR initiatives. Previously, she worked as a journalist and in public relations.

 

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Sam Shear

Sam Shear is a graduate student in Wake Forest University's Department of Communication. He is interested in the political and epistemological underpinnings of sociotechnical structures, such as algorithms and minimalistic, techno-libertarian logics.

 

Felix M. Simon

Felix M. Simon is a journalist, communication researcher, and doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and a Knight News Innovation Fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. He also works as a research assistant at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) and regularly writes and comments on technology, media, and politics for various international outlets. His research seeks to understand the structural implications of artificial intelligence, including forms of generative AI such as ChatGPT and DALL:E, for news organizations' gatekeeping processes—the production and distribution of news—and the public arena.

 

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Yarden Skop

Yarden Skop is a PhD researcher. Her dissertation research will explore relationships between digital news and journalistic publishers and large platform companies, using case studies in which machine learning is used to automate content moderation and fact checking. Before starting her graduate studies, Yarden was a journalist in Israel for more than a decade.

 

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Thomas Struett

Thomas Struett is a communication PhD student at American University. He is also the research director at the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub located at George Washington University. His research has focused on data governance, folk theories of algorithms, and internet governance.

 

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Julianna Surkin

Julianna Surkin is a scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science majoring in Information Science and Computer Science. After being inspired by a Cyberlaw course at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Julianna expanded her areas of study beyond software and experience design to include many fascinating aspects of technology regulation. Her research focuses on the interdisciplinary study of design and regulation, uncovering how the intersection of platform architecture, dark patterns, and artificial intelligence pose a threat to individual autonomy and democratic processes.

 

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Li Qian Tay

Li Qian Tay is a Ph.D. student in the School of Psychological Science at the University of Western Australia. His research explores how different types of misinformation and interventions affect individuals’ cognition and behaviour. He also has broad interests in causal inference and computational modelling.

 

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Zari Taylor

Zari Taylor is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a critical platform studies and cultural studies scholar whose research lays at the intersection of popular culture, social media, and beauty capital. Her dissertation explores the gendered and radicalized implications of beauty capital within the social media influencer industry - specifically on Tik Tok. She is also an opinion writer and columnist with The Daily Tar Heel.

 

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Shu Wan

Shu Wan is currently matriculated as a doctoral student in history at the University at Buffalo. As a digital and disability historian, he serves in the editorial team of Digital Humanities Quarterly and Nursing Clio.

 

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Lingyu Wang

Lingyu Wang is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Information and Library Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill. He studies community archives of social movement artworks and documents, examining their relations to identities, public memories, and perceptions of the living space. He works in the intersection of library and information science, art history, critical media studies, and urban studies. In praxes, he also builds digital libraries and databases with people across disciplines of LIS, arts, and humanities.

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Lucas Wright

Lucas is a graduate student in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. His research focuses on how online platforms regulate the behavior of users, especially through automated, algorithmic interventions. Prior to joining CAT Lab, Lucas conducted research with non-profits including the Dangerous Speech Project and the Global Disinformation Index. He has a MSc in Social Science of the Internet from the University of Oxford and a BA in Political Science from American University.

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Sarah Whitmarsh

Sarah Whitmarsh is a PhD student and Roy H. Park Fellow at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Her research interests include collective action and social change, especially on abortion and reproductive justice. Prior to UNC, she worked as a communication professional in international development and reproductive health and spent nearly 15 years designing, implementing, and evaluating advocacy and communication strategies.

 

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Adrian Wong

Adrian Wong is a Ph.D. candidate in the Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He grew up in Murrieta, CA, as the third child in a bi-racial family of 6 with a Chinese-immigrant father and a white, 6th generation Californian mother. His Fulbright-Hays supported dissertation research focuses on digital transformation policies and initiatives in Chile and their implications for regional socioeconomic inequality and South-South digital infrastructure development.