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Alex Hanna is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, advised by Pamela Oliver. Substantively, they are interested in social movements, media, and the Middle East. Methodologically, they are interested in computational social science, textual analysis, and social network analysis.

Alex's dissertation uses principles from machine learning and natural language processing to build an automated system for the creation of new protest event data. Their master's thesis looks into the genesis of the the 6th of April Youth Movement with computer-aided content analysis methods and in-depth interviews.

Alex is also involved with the Social Media and Democracy group, advised by Dhavan Shah, Young Mie Kim, and Chris Wells. SMAD is working on multiple projects surrounding political communication on Twitter.

Alex co-founded and contributes regularly to the computational social science blog Bad Hessian, where they write about Python, R, and Twitter. They also co-organized the first ASA datathon to explore contemporary urban issues using open city data.