Sandra González-BailónDPhil Sociology, Oxford | | |
I am Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, and affiliated faculty at the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences. Prior to joining Penn, I was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (2008-2013). I completed my doctoral degree in Nuffield College (University of Oxford) and my undergraduate studies at the University of Barcelona. My research lies at the intersection of network science, data mining, computational tools, and political communication. [Research] | [Teaching] | [News]
Katarzyna Elliott-MaksymowiczFifth year PhD student at Drexel University |
I am a PhD candidate in the Communication, Culture, and Media program @ Drexel University. My research interests lie at the intersection of New Media, Big Data and Social Movements. My background includes Philosophy, Cultural Studies, and European Studies. I am interested in how the online presence of social movements (in particular on Twitter) can corroborate, disprove, inform or expand existing theories of social movements. I am currently completing a nano-degree in programming and front-end web design, gaining more autonomy as a researcher with the ability to obtain and process data.
Isabelle LangrockThird Year PhD Student |
I am a third year doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. In my research, I explore digital culture and the formation of online communities, focusing on groups who often lack technological or social access to social media platforms. Previously, I worked for a Computer Science education nonprofit and I received my BA in the Philosophy of Science from the University of Chicago.
Donna LeeFifth Year PhD Student |
I am a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. My research interests lie in understanding how information circulates in the online sphere, and how that diffusion of information builds trust and understanding among different groups of people, both on and offline. I graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s in Sociology and Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.
Brendan MahoneyThird Year PhD Student |
I am a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. My research interests oscillate between the internet and ideology, and in particular I study the role that the affordances of online platforms (like connectivity or algorithmic distribution) have in creating, maintaining, and disrupting ideological spaces. I received my BA in Economics and English Literature from SUNY Geneseo in 2018.
Tian YangFourth year PhD student |
I am a fourth year doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. My research interests include political communication and social networks. Before joining Annenberg, I received my B.E. degree in computer science and B.A. degree in journalism both from Tsinghua University, and a M.A. degree in communications and new media from National University of Singapore.
Alvin ZhouFourth year PhD student & Group Coordinator |
I am a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. I am broadly interested in communication research on activist groups. My current research focuses on the network dynamics in political settings, such as the organizing of demonstrations, the formation of polarization, and the diffusion of political information. I received my B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in Journalism from Tsinghua University, and my M.A. in Strategic Public Relations from the USC Annenberg School.
Josh BeckerDiMeNet member from September 2014 to June 2018 |
Josh’s research focuses on exploring the dynamic processes underlying collective cognition including group problem solving, information diffusion, and collective memory construction. Using both interpretive network analysis and computational agent-based modeling, Josh seeks both to categorize known phenomena and also to understand the conditions that make them possible. A graduate of St. John’s College, he has a professional background in conflict mediation and community organizing. Personal website.
Kecheng FangDiMeNet member from September 2014 to June 2019 |
Kecheng’s research interests include political communication and journalism. As a former Beijing-based political journalist for Southern Weekly (Nanfang Zhoumo), one of the most influential newspaper in China, he is interested in exploring the relationship between media and politics in China. More specifically, what’s the role of (censored but not completely tamed) media and journalists in China’s reform? He is also a long-time and active Internet writer and observer, a “best blogger” nominated by Deutsche Welle. Previously, he studied at Peking University in China and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Personal website.
Jacob GurskyDiMeNet member from September 2014 to June 2019 |
Jacob pursued a degree from the Annenberg School for Communication’s undergraduate program. His interests are the diffusion of protests over social media and digital rights activism (primarily online privacy). He is currently a research associate at the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. Personal website.
Soojong KimDiMeNet member from September 2015 to June 2020 |
Soojong Kim is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford, jointly affiliated with the Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) and the Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) at Stanford PACS. Personal website.
Tim LibertDiMeNet member from September 2014 to July 2017 |
While I have a genetic predisposition which prevents me from smiling in photographs (see left), I’m generally fun to be around. Personal website.
Bo MaiDiMeNet member from September 2014 to July 2017 |
Bo’s research interests lie at the intersection of social networking sites, online privacy, surveillance, and Chinese Internet industry. His work has examined the contextual factors that affect Chinese Internet users’ tendency to disclose private information on social networking sites. His dissertation project examines the emerging web-tracking market in China to understand the ways in which digital technologies influence the practices and mechanism of both political and commercial surveillance online.
Subhayan MukerjeeDiMeNet member from September 2015 to June 2020 |
I am a computational social scientist, interested in understanding the relationship between digital technologies and human behavior. I am headed to Singapore in the Fall of 2020, where I will be joining the National University of Singapore as Assistant Professor of Computational Communication. Personal website.
Yilang PengDiMeNet member from September 2014 to June 2019 |
Yilang’s research interests lie at the intersection of visual communication, computational social science, and human-computer interaction. Given the prevalence of visual content in today’s digital media environment, his research explores how communication studies can benefit from the use of computational tools in analyzing visual data. His dissertation applies computer vision techniques — such as facial recognition and emotion detection — to identify media bias in visual representations of politicians. Personal website.
Sijia YangDiMeNet member from September 2014 to June 2019 |
Sijia studies interpersonal interactions and social influence with regard to both political and health-related issues. He is interested in how structural properties of online networks, together with the features of the messages exchanged, affect social diffusion of information (e.g. political rumors and health-related mis-information); public opinion/attitude formation; and individual behavioral changes. Personal website.
Previous Visiting Students
Enes AbanozVisiting from January to December 2015 |
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Informatics at Marmara University’s School of Communications and a research assistant at Ondokuz Mayıs University’s School of Communications. For my doctoral research, I am working on developing a model to predict social events –protests, demonstrations, and the like– before they take place, based on interactions over Twitter in Turkish. I examined the effects of convergence in newsrooms for my master’s thesis, which was partly developed during a 2-month fellowship at the University Georgia. Before entering academia, Enes worked for more than 5 years as a professional video editor. He is also an avid hexacopter operator, producing videos for Barbeku TV.
Sílvia Majó VázquezVisiting from January to June 2015 & January to June 2016 | |
My research interests are in the intersection of new media and public opinion with a twofold methodological approach: social network analysis and experiments. Previously, I was political communication strategist and speechwriter for ten years and as a journalist, associated professor at UAB. Personal website.
Javier Ruiz-SolerVisiting from January to June 2017 | |
Javier Ruiz-Soler is a doctoral student in political communication at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Florence (Italy). He has a Master in European Studies from Lund University (Sweden) and Master level courses of Media and Communications from Stockholm University. His current research interest focus on the European Public Sphere (especially online), network analysis, and social media. His dissertation explores the European Twittersphere applying the methodology of network analysis and sentiment analysis. Personal website.