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 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.
I am 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.
I am also an activist, working on issues of queer and transgender inclusion in sports and higher education, and access to transgender health care.
If you are a prospective graduate student and are interested in working with me, you can apply to the graduate program at the University of Toronto iSchool.