Alex Hanna is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Substantively, she is interested in social movements, political sociology, media, and the Middle East. She is interested in how new and social media has changed social movement mobilization and politics more generally. Methodologically, she is interested in computational social science, textual analysis, and social network analysis.
Hanna's dissertation uses tools from machine learning and natural language processing to build an automated system for the creation of new protest event data. She has researched the genesis of the the 6th of April Youth Movement with computer-aided content analysis methods and in-depth interviews. She is also working on multiple projects surrounding political communication on Twitter, including a project measuring responses to biobehavioral cues in presidential debates in multiple countries.
Hanna is involved in several efforts to integrate computational methods into social science practice and education. She has taught workshops on computer programming and data analysis for social scientists, and also co-founded the computational social science blog Bad Hessian.