I'm a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My advisor is Pamela Oliver. Substantively, I’m interested in social movements, media, and the Middle East. Methodologically, I’m interested in computational social science, social networks, textual analysis. My master's thesis looks into the genesis of the the 6th of April Youth Movement with computer-aided content analysis methods. My dissertation uses principles from machine learning and information extraction to build an automated system for the creation of new protest event data.
I am also currently the student co-leader of the Social Media and Democracy group, advised by Dhavan Shah, Young Mie Kim, and Chris Wells. Right now we're working on a project surrounding political communication on Twitter during the 2012 elections.
In my spare time, I read and hack software (even more). Suffice to say, I'm addicted to coffee. If a mathematician is a machine that turns coffee into theorems (Erdős by way of Rényi), I'm still trying to figure out what social scientists turn coffee into.