I am an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. I recently received my PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research agenda focuses on how new and social media has changed social movement mobilization and political participation. I rely on large-scale data collections and computational tools in my research, with an emphasis on automated textual analysis and machine learning.
My current project is the Machine-learning Protest Event Data System (MPEDS), a system which uses machine learning and natural language processing to create protest event data with little to no human intervention.
I'm also involved in several efforts to integrate computational methods into social science practice and education. I have taught workshops on computer programming and data analysis for social scientists, and also co-founded the computational social science blog Bad Hessian.