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I recently received my PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In July 2016, I will be joining the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor.

Substantively, I am interested in social movements, political sociology, media, and the Middle East. My research agenda focuses on how new and social media has changed social movement mobilization and political participation more generally. Methodologically, I'm interested in computational social science, textual analysis, and social network analysis.

My current project is the Machine-learning Protest Event Data System (MPEDS), an automated system which uses machine learning and natural language processing to create protest event data.

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.