participants

aimée morrison
(@digiwonk) is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Waterloo (Canada). She has most recently published on rhetorical construction of the Internet, email in romantic comedy, and mommy blogging. Her current project, "Deciphering Digital Life Writing," blends new media and auto/biography theory, and is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
danah boyd
(@zephoria) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society, and a Visiting Professor at New York University.
sally applin
(@anthropunk) is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC). She holds a Masters degree from the graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (NYU/ITP) within New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and a BA in Conceptual Design from San Francisco State University. Sally has had a 20+ year career in the science museum design, computer software, telecommunications, and product design/definition industries working as a Senior UX Designer, Senior Consultant and Ethnographer. At Kent, Sally is is currently researching the impact of technology on culture, and the consequent inverse: specifically the reifications of Network Space in Personal Space and vice versa and developing the conceptual model of PolySocial Reality. Sally is also a member of IoT Council, a think tank for the Internet of Things.
jessica vitak
(@jvitak) is a PhD Candidate in Media & Information Studies at Michigan State University. Her dissertation focuses on the impact of social and technical affordances of online communication technologies on users' relationship maintenance strategies. More about her research can be found on her website, vitak.wordpress.com.
Nathan Jurgenson
Co-Founder and Co-Chair
(@nathanjurgenson) is a social media theorist, Editor in Chief of Real Life magazine, co-founder of Cyborgology, and researcher at Snapchat.
David A. Banks
Co-Chair
(@da_banks) is a visiting assistant professor of geography & planning at the University at Albany, SUNY. He regularly contributes to Real Life under his Building to Code column where he writes about how we live among cities and each other. He is an editor for Cyborgology and a co-host of the Ironweeds podcast.
Andrea Baker
(@andee) is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Ohio University who researches communities, identities, and relationships that started online. Her book Double Click (Hampton Press, 2005) includes 89 couples who met online and then offline.
Nicholas Boston
is Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism, Communication and Theatre at Lehman College of the City University of New York. His work most currently centers on approaches to the study of labor relations and work cultures in the media industries, with intersecting interests in subjectivity, performance and desire.
Chetan Chawla
EunRyung Chong
Tyler Crabb
studies states and wars. He is presently interested in information warfare, both historical and contemporary, and leftist regimes in Latin America. He could also beat you at most videogames.
Jessie Daniels
(@JessieNYC) , PhD is a Professor at Hunter College (Sociology) and at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her main area of interest is in race and digital media technologies. Daniels is the author or editor of five books and has a regular column at Huffington Post.
Jenny Davis
(@Jup83) is a postdoctoral researcher at Texas A&M University. She studies digital technologies from a social psychological perspective. Jenny is a weekly contributor to Cyborgology and will begin as an assistant professor at James Madison University in Fall 2013.
Derek Hansen
Henry Farell
Stephanie Greenlea
Sam Han
(@sam__han) is assistant professor of sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Jeffrey Johnson
Matthew Kirschenbaum
Han-Teng Liao
Lisa Sanders
Marc Lynch
Sara Martucci
Mark Matienzo
Joseph Obi
Sang-hyoun Pahk
David Parry
(@academicdave) is an assistant professor of Emerging Media at the University of Texas at Dallas where he studies the intersection of the digital network and publics.
Julia Schroeder
Bonnie Stewart
(@bonstewart) is an educator, writer, and researcher interested in networked identities and the changing game of higher education. A Ph.D candidate in Education at the University of Prince Edward Island, Bonnie is currently up to her ears in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) hype, horror, and possibility.
David Paul Strohecker
(@dpsFTW) is a fourth year PhD student who studies cultural change, conflict, and social theory, with an emphasis on the relationships between the media, consumerism, and deviant subcultures. He was a regular contributor for Cyborgology and a former chair for Theorizing the Web. He is currently doing an extended ethnography of the tattoo subculture of consumption post-reality TV.
Joseph Waggle
William Yagatich
(@Praxis_In_Space) is a doctoral student of the Sociology department at the University of Maryland. His current work focuses on the reorganization of power/knowledge relations with regard to the rise of social media.
Zeynep Tufekçi
(@zeynep) is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Faculty associate at Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. Her new book Twitter and Tear Gas comes out this year from Yale University Press. She has been to every Theorizing the Web conference
jonathan albright
is a PhD student at the University of Auckland. His research intends to better understand the effects of participatoryfeedback channels upon the online newsmaking process. He's looking indepth at several influencing mechanisms within "participatorymediation", including search engine bias, social media sharingplatforms, and news aggregators—all of which take the agenda-settingfunction of news media to a new level of complexity.
jorge ballinas
is currently a Ph.D student at Temple University. He is interested in technology, bi-culturalism, and time. He likes exploring the various parts of Philadelphia.
kent xili deng
is an M.Phil. student in the Department of Sociology at The University of Hong Kong. He is currently working on a research project that investigates the contexts and mechanisms that Chinese SNS users, primary users with university education, construct their trust for individual and social institutions in contemporary Chinese society through SNS. His postgraduate training in cultural studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong enables him to review China’s cyber-ecology with relation to cultural and technological globalisation from interdisciplinary perspectives.
ned drummond
is an artist and designer who currently lives and works in the DC area. A Baltimore native, she obtained her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008 and currently works for sculpture studio in Kensington, MD. In her free time she freelances as a graphic designer and creates functional artwork using a letterpress and reclaimed materials for her product line, Maneating Flower. All of her work involves a fusion of digital and physical processes and she is fascinated with the increasingly inseparable nature of art and technology.
dana r. fisher
is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on political decision-making, grassroots activism and civic participation. Within her work, she explores the pos that the technologies of the Internet play in grassroots mobilization and how they compare to more traditional forms of political mobilization. These subjects were addressed in her second book, Activism, Inc. (Stanford University Press 2006), as well as in a number of peer-reviewed articles. Click here for more information.
deen freelon
is an Assistant Professor in the American University School of Communication in Washington, DC. His research focuses on the ways in which citizens use communication technologies—particularly the internet and related networks—to pursue their political goals. His work has been published in New Media & Society; Information, Communication & Society; and the Journal of Communication. An avid amateur web programmer, he has also developed a free web-based intercoder reliability calculator that is available here.
amanda french
is currently THATCamp Coordinator at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, where she helps people all around the world organize scholarly “unconferences” on humanities and technology. One of her primary professional interests is in teaching digital methods to the next generation of humanities scholars, an interest she has pursued both for the Digital History Across the Curriculum project at NYU and as a Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow at NCSU. She earned her doctorate in English from the University of Virginia in 2004, where she encoded texts in TEI for the Rossetti Archive and the Electronic Text Center. Her dissertation is a history of the villanelle, the nineteen-line poetic form of Dylan Thomas's "Do not go gentle into that good night"; she is currently at work on a book titled /Here is a Verbal Contraption: The Art of Twitter/.
tom geary
is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Composition inthe Department of English at the University of Maryland,College Park. His research in digital rhetoric and multimodalcomposition explores a common interdisciplinary language forvisual rhetoric and the intersections of electracy and agencyin digital spaces. Other interests include digitalstorytelling and online pedagogy. Follow him on Twitter@tmgeary.
dan greene
(@Greene_DM) is a PhD student in American Studies and a University Flagship Fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park. He uses multiple methods to situate issues of technological access within broader political-economies and histories of information. Dan is also a dedicated teacher, teaching in a variety of settings on technology, media studies, and information societies.
andrew hare
is currently completing his Master's degree in Media Studies at The New School in New York City. His work primarily focuses on intersections between political communications and theories of new media. In addition, Andrew has blogged for Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology publication gnovis and has help coordinate The Critical Themes in Media Studies conference at The New School. Andrew also works as a media analyst at an independent research and consulting firm.
anthony hoffmann
is a PhD student in Information Policy and Ethics at the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His areas of interest are the philosophy of information, global justice, and information ethics. Also, he thinks Facebook's metaphysics are totally messed up.
ashlee humphreys
is Assistant Professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. She received her PhD in Marketing from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2008. Her research uses a sociological perspective to examine core topics in marketing management and consumer behavior and has been published in Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, and Sociology Compass. Her current research interests include the pos of institutions in markets, processes of co-production, and the development of on-line communities.
dwight hunter
is an undergraduate sociology student at Northeastern University. He has spent the majority of his time studying computer-mediated communications, emphasizing the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, analyzing the various implications and possibilities that result. His primary research interests are online self-concept/identity formation, privacy, cyberlaw, and networking. He is looking to begin applying to graduate programs in the next year or two.
martin irvine
is a professor at Georgetown University. He founded the Communication, Culture & Technology program (CCT) at Georgetown University in 1995, which is the first interdisciplinary post-Internet media and communication graduate program. He currently teaches graduate seminars on media and cultural theory, technology studies, and visual culture. In addition to his academic background, Dr. Irvine has twenty years of experience with the Internet and digital media, and set up the first Web site at Georgetown in 1993.
katie king
is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Fellow of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). She received her Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her interdisciplinary scholarship is located at the intersection of feminist technoscience studies, cyberculture and media studies, and LGBT Studies. Her forthcoming book Networked Reenactments, stories transdisciplinary knowledges tell is in press now with Duke.
jes koepfler
is a doctoral student in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her current research explores issues of online information access, use, and behavior among marginalized populations (e.g. homeless individuals), in support of design strategies for social inclusion, social connectedness, and information and resource diffusion in online networks. Jes is affiliated with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), Center for the Advanced Studies of Communities and Information (CASCI), and Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC). Dr. Derek L. Hansen, Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies, serves as her faculty advisor.
jake landis
is a graduate student at Georgetown University in the Communication, Culture and Technology program. His current research focuses on the intersection of traditional media outlets and crowdsourced data on Twitter, using the recent events in Egypt to study how journalists can quickly isolate the best sources of information using social network analysis. He is also Associate Director of Corporate Communications for PBS and has worked in public media for the past five years.
stephanie laudone
is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Fordham University. Her research interests center on social inequalities, identity, and new media. Her dissertation research examines the ways that individuals construct and understand race, gender, sexuality and generation on the social networking site, Facebook.
stephen lilley
is a sociology professor at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. He studies the ideology, rhetoric, and mobilization strategies of organizations that strive to advance controversial technologies. He has written on transhumanism, Moore’s Law, characterizations of human-machine networks, and technology fatalism. Dr. Lilley’s most recent work concerns social networking, surveillance, and privacy.
louis sagnières
is a PhD student in Philosophy at the Université deMontréal, Canada. He is interested in understanding how the Internetis changing our democracy both at the national and transnationallevel. For example, how empowered citizens are challenging thesovereignty of the state and what it means for internationalrelations.
andrew lynn
is a sociology PhD. student at the University of Virginia. His academic interests are understanding the institutional and cultural forces that shape people's values, sense of meaning, and notions of self. He is specifically interested in how the democratization of new media can challenge dominant values and ideologies and contribute to social change. Andrew worked in nonprofit marketing for several years, helping organizations improve their visibility and engage their supporters through social media. His research continues to address how forms of media disseminate and shape cultural schemas related to volunteerism, generosity, and commitment to social causes.
randy lynn
is a Ph.D. student, research assistant, and Presidential Scholar in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University. His research interests include youth, education, technology, and social networks, and his recent projects investigate media representations of youth and 'sexting,' sexism in online communities, and the relationship between social network sites and social capital. His dissertation will examine the use of digital media in secondary schools. He blogs (rather infrequently) at http://www.potatochipping.com.
paul-brian mcinerney
is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research, grounded in economic and organizational sociology, social movements, and social studies of technology, examines the pos of agency in shaping the contours of organizational fields and market institutions as well as the pos of information technology in social movement and nonprofit organizations. He is currently completing an ethnographic project on the transformation of a grassroots social movement, called the "Circuit Riders,"into a market for technology services in the nonprofit sector. Part of this project examines the interaction of online and offline tools for mobilizing social movement actors. He is also embarking on new research about enrollment and mobilization processes in virtual social movement organizations.
jarah moesch
(@jarahmoesch) is a doctoral student in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, and holds an MFA in Integrated Media Art from Hunter College. As a researcher Jarah focuses on (computer) code, software, platforms, and the production of space to re-think issues of power, gender, and queerness. Jarah’s artwork revolves around concepts of performance and gender-fluidities in everyday life through the intersections of power and ritual in public spaces.
ishani mukherjee
is doctoral candidate in the Dept. of Communication at the Universityof Illinois at Chicago. Her main areas of interest cover inter- andintra-cultural communication; ethics in online communication; social usesof new media technologies, in particular blogging and social networking,and women/gender studies. Her dissertation research focuses on the exchangeof intersectional ethno-cultural discourses in online South Asiancommunities as it pertains to human rights issues, globalization,immigration, and identity and gender negotiations online/offline.
ayelet oz
is an SJD student at Harvard Law School, working on the legal theoretical aspects of online communities under the supervision of Yochai Benkler, Duncan Kennedy and Susan Silbey. She holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, and an LLB and BA in history from Tel Aviv University. Prior to her graduate studies, Ayelet clerked for the Supreme Court of Israel and worked as an attorney at the Public Defender's Office.
katy e. pearce
is a doctoral candidate in communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara and foreign affairs research analyst at the US Department of State. Her work focuses on technology adoption and use in the Caucasus.
tamara peyton
is a PhD student in the Joint Program for Communications & Culture at York University in Toronto, ON. Her research interests form an assemblage within critical digital media studies, Actor Network Theory, neoliberalism and governmentality. She is currently researching how employment of gaming jargon shapes and contests ideas of gender, expertise and authenticity discourses within large scale PVP gameworlds.
kyle reinson
is a former corporate public relations executive who is now an assistant professor of Communication/Journalism at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. His research interests include the study of information exchange and the political economy of culture. He earned his MA in Communication at Florida Atlantic University in 2007 and is completing his doctoral studies in Urban and Regional Geography at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).
pj rey
Co-Founder
(@pjrey) is a sociology PhD candidate at the U. of Maryland. His research centers on sex work, carework, and digitally-mediated intimacy, and he is currently doing interviews for a dissertation on sex camming. He is also a co-founder of the Cyborgology blog.
zach richer
is a grad student in Maryland's sociology department. He is interested in the heteronomity of social hierarchies, particularly in their practical expressions in urban space.
george ritzer
is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. A largely self-taught sociologist, Ritzer is most widely known in the scholarly community for his distinctive contributions to the study of consumption, globalization, metatheory, and classical, modern and postmodern social theory. Ritzer is an academic celebrity, however, as a result of The McDonaldization of Society (5th edition 2008; first published in 1993), which is among the most popular monographs ever penned by a sociologist. A pessimist in the Weberian tradition, Ritzer has expanded and developed his highly critical analysis of contemporary social life in such monographs as Enchanting a Disenchanted World, as well as the aptly titled The Globalization of Nothing.
meghan rosatelli
is a PhD candidate in the Media, Art and Text program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also teaches American Studies at the University of Richmond. Her research focuses on the pos of emotions in popular digital spaces.
anastasia salter
is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Baltimore in the Department of Information Arts and Technologies. Her primary research is on digital narratives with a continuing focus on virtual worlds, gender and cyberspace, games asliterature, educational games and fan production. She holds a Doctorate in Communications Design from U. Baltimore and is also in the process of completing her thesis for the MFA in Children's Literature at Hollins University. She's on the web at: http://selfloud.net.
saskia sassen
is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and co-directs The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com). Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W.W.Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2011). The Global City came out in a new fully updated edition in 2001. Her books are translated into twenty-one languages. She is currently working on When Territory Exits Existing Frameworks (Under contract with Harvard University Press). She contributes regularly to www.OpenDemocracy.net and www.HuffingtonPost.com On Twitter: @SaskiaSassen
michael schandorf
is a PhD student in Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. With an MA in English Rhetoric and Composition and a professional background in scientific/medical writing and editing, his interests cover an area often labelled "digital humanities"-- into which he enjoys chucking cognitive science, neuroscience and corporeal semantic stink bombs. His current research focuses on applying theories of embodied cognition to studies of new media and technology.
raz schwartz
is a doctoral candidate in the Science, Technology and Society program at Bar Ilan University and a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. His work focuses on location-based services and their effect over local socialization processes. His dissertation in progress is a sociological study investigating the emergence of a Virtual-Local Community. More about Raz and his work at www.razschwartz.net and @razsc on twitter.
alecea standlee
is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Syracuse University. Her research and teaching interests are in social inequality, gender, and technology and interpersonal relationships. Her current dissertation research explores the way(s) in which distinction between on and offline communication become ambiguous though such practices as texting and social networking, and how these ambiguities are implicated in the experiences of friendships and romantic relationships among college students.
daniel susser
is a PhD student in philosophy at Stony Brook University. His research lies at the intersection of political theory and philosophy of technology, and is focused specifically on the implications of pervasive electronically mediated communication for democratic politics and the relationship between politics and place.
miles townes
is a doctoral student in political science at the George Washington University. His interests include the intersection of politics and technology, especially the influences of the former on the latter. He has previously worked for the Consortium of Research on Information Security and Policy, and recently was research assistant to Prof. James N. Rosenau, a leading expert on globalization. His website is http://miles.oppidi.net
jason treit
has a BA in English and Political Science from the University of Alberta. Currently delving into the syntax of gestures, hammering F5 on Dino Comics, and foraging for grad programs. All his dreams are about the Internet.
stephanie vineyard
is a Masters of Art candidate in the Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) program at Georgetown University. Originally from East Tennessee, she was working in Washington, DC for several years developing international professional programs as well as web and marketing materials before pursuing advanced studies. Her current research revolves around the opportunities for social structure change that arise from new technology.
nick violi
is a second-year Masters student in the Computer Science program at the University of Maryland. He is interested in quantitative approaches to social science questions, especially with respect to community formation and social networks in technologically mediated spaces. After graduating in May, he is getting married and traveling the world for a year.
d. yvette wohn
is a PhD student in Media and Information Studies at Michigan State University. Her research interests are the social, psychological and tangible effects of interaction in social networks. She is currently working on a model of media continuance, examining how different types of learning, automatic behavior (habits), and social influence can be utilized to achieve different outcomes. She is more interested in prosocial effects of media than negative effects because she values implications for education, health, and psychological well-being.
david zweig
is a writer, musician, and lecturer from Brooklyn, NY. He is currently working on a book based on his hypothesis Fiction Depersonalization Syndrome (FDS), which explores how our highly mediated environment affects one's sense of self. Zweig has been invited to lecture about FDS at numerous prestigious scholarly meetings around the world; the hypothesis has been included in varied PhD dissertations and is being taught in several university courses. His debut novel, Swimming Inside the Sun, a modernist tour de force about identity and self-consciousness, released fall 2009, was called a "terrific debut from a talented writer"by Kirkus and named a Top 3 Book of 2009 by books blog BabyGotBooks. Zweig, labeled a "symphonic pop prodigy"by the music press, has also released two albums, All Now With Wings and Keep Going.