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Sanna Ali

Ali is interested in politics of platforms and the civic good – specifically, she studies privatization of digitally-supported infrastructure and its implications on inequalities of access and distribution.

Ruth Appel

Appel is interested in the intersection of Behavioral Science and Computer Science, with the aim of leveraging psychological targeting ethically and for the common good.

Ross Dahlke

Dahlke researches the connection between online and offline civic life, particularly participation in political collective action such as social media use and political donations.

Andrew Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald’s work is situated at the intersection of critical political economy of communication, critical audience studies, and media ethics. His dissertation explores the impacts of datafication and social media platforms on the circulation and public reception of mediatized terrorism, and the transnational construction of violence, political discourses, and social action. 

Anna Gibson

Gibson is interested in how labor, especially civic labor, is practiced through digital platforms. Her interdisciplinary approach is informed theoretically by the sociology of labor, organizational studies, and STS. Gibson’s doctoral research focuses on the strategies that content moderators use to make sense of their work in light of competing industrial logics.

Jihye Lee

Lee is interested in the politics of technology- specifically, she studies how the use of big data and algorithms in the current news environment might reinforce social inequalities.

Angela Lee

Lee is interested in understanding the impact of media and technology on users’ health and well-being by studying psychological processes such as mindsets, particularly in the context of adolescent and parent-child relationships.

Yingdan Lu

Lu’s research focuses on political implications and social effects of digital media in Chinese politics, especially with regard to media governance and public opinion.

Mufan Luo

Luo’s research focuses on the psychology of communication technology, which involves the examination of interpersonal dynamics in computer-mediated communication (CMC) and social media affordances.

Daniel Muise

Muise’s interests focus on the effect of advanced telecommunications capacity on disparity and political development under repressive and transitional regimes, specifically regarding data privacy and vulnerable populations.

Jeffrey Nagy

Nagy’s current research focuses on exchanges between computing and the behavioral sciences in the post-war period and on how those exchanges have shaped the contemporary digital ecosystem.

Reagan Ross


Reagan is interested in the intersections of race, gender, and new media and technology. She is also interested in understanding how new technology might be used to disrupt anti-Black racism.

Serena Soh

Soh is interested in understanding the relationships between digital media use and well-being, specifically in the context of delivering personalized behavior change interventions through smartphones. 

Sumer Vaid

Vaid’s research explores how digital media technologies can be used to study and alter psychological processes and outcomes. He is especially interested in a person-specific, computational and idiographic approach that examines the extent to which individual differ from each other in their response to different kinds of media. 

Morgan Weiland

Morgan N. Weiland is the Executive Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, where she received her JD in 2015. She is in the process of completing the first joint degree program between SLS and Stanford’s Communication Department, where she is a PhD candidate. Her dissertation investigates the structural role of speech platforms like Facebook and Twitter in the public sphere to understand what responsibilities these companies have to the public, and what policies ought to be enacted to ensure both free expression and accountability.

Weiland was a Lecturer in Law at SLS during the 2017-18 academic year, when she developed and taught a new course about platforms, law, and ethics with Professor Barbara van Schewick. She is also a Graduate Fellow at SLS’s Center for Internet & Society. She clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals during the 2018-19 term. She is admitted to the California Bar.