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Call for CITAP Faculty & Graduate Student Affiliates

The Center for Information, Technology, & Public Life (CITAP) is accepting applications for both Faculty and Graduate Student Affiliates for the 2021-2022 academic year. Affiliates can come from a broad range of academic and research institutions, especially in North Carolina. We invite applications from people working on issues related to CITAP, broadly focused on the intersection of technology and media, platforms, misinformation, political institutions, identity, race, culture, and journalism.

An affiliate membership with CITAP offers:

  • Invitations to participate in CITAP events, including biweekly research workshops and professional development talks
  • Access to a members-only discussion forum
  • A listing on the CITAP website
  • A diverse network of peers and mentors
  • Opportunities to collaborate with other researchers

About CITAP

We’re dedicated to understanding the growing impact of the internet, social media, and other forms of digital information sharing in the context of the people who design, use, and govern them. CITAP explores technology as it’s embedded in societies structured by economics, race, politics, culture, and more. Common themes found in our work include:

  • Coding inequality: New technologies frequently recreate and reinvent historical inequalities. We explore the interplay of technology and bias, and contextualize it in light of broader social, economic, and political shifts.
  • Networked publics: Social media enable new forms of collaboration and connection. We study how people come together, coordinate, organize, and move on- and offline.
  • Platform governance: Given the significant role social platforms play in politics and journalism, we consider how tech companies amplify and regulate user speech, set and enforce internal policies, and how these decisions shape public discourse.
  • Identity & disinformation: Social media amplifies content that triggers strong emotion, while political discourse increasingly appeals to audience identity. Our research examines how mis- and disinformation plays on deeper social narratives.

Our approach: We recognize that effective analysis of technology platforms and information systems requires

  • A holistic approach grounded in history, society, culture, and politics
  • Analyzing how social differences—including race and ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual identity—shape unequal information ecosystem dynamics
  • Prioritizing questions of power, institutions, and economic, social, cultural, and technological structures
  • Making clear foundational commitments to equality and justice

How to Apply

At CITAP, we value working collaboratively. Our goal is to bring together a diverse and engaged community working on related topics with a shared approach, and we err toward inclusiveness in inviting new affiliates. We look forward to getting to know you and your work through this short process.

To apply, please send a CV and brief written responses to the following two questions to citap@unc.edu with subject line “CITAP Affiliate” by May 24:

  • How does your work relate to CITAP’s research themes and approach?
  • How might CITAP support or advance your work in the year ahead?

Please contact Kathryn Peters at kep@unc.edu with any questions.

 


Call for Faculty Research Fellow

CITAP is seeking a Faculty Research Fellow to start in Summer 2021 and serve for one academic year. The position is restricted to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty. The Faculty Research Fellow will receive $15,000 in research funds and will be expected to attend CITAP events and give a public presentation of their work at the end of the fellowship.

The successful applicant will join a vibrant research community anchored by CITAP’s four principal researchers—Deen Freelon (Hussman School of Journalism and Media), Daniel Kreiss (Hussman), Alice Marwick (Dept. of Communication), and Zeynep Tufekci (School of Information and Library Sciences), our three Senior Faculty Researchers, Tressie McMillan Cottom (SILS), Shannon McGregor (Hussman), and Francesca Tripodi (SILS), and the affiliated UNC Center for Media Law and Policy (David Ardia and Tori Ekstrand), as well as a larger affiliate community of faculty and graduate students working on related topics.

To apply, please email a one-page proposed research project that complements CITAP’s research topics and approach, along with a CV, to citap@unc.edu with subject line “Faculty Research Fellowship” by May 24.