I’m a sociologist that researches the relationship between participatory media and inequality. During the 2017-2018 academic year, I will be a postdoctoral scholar at Data & Society. My project while I’m there is focused on how partisan groups interact with media and the role community plays in legitimating what constitutes news and information. Starting in the Fall of 2018, I will join the Sociology & Anthropology Department at James Madison University as an Assistant Professor of Sociology.
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Virginia where I was also a Digital Humanities Fellow at the Scholar’s Lab. In my dissertation, I developed a theoretical matrix to analyze how expression is obscured through algorithmic and social processes (avoidance, harassment, reappropriation, and deletion). In addition to my doctoral research, I also led a research team of twenty undergraduates in a project funded by the Provost’s Office at the University of Virginia. By training students how to conduct meticulous participant observation and interviews, we worked together to examine how college students cultivate consent in romantic and platonic relationships and the role social media places in this process.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter @ftripodi