I am: the incoming F. Jay Taylor Endowed Research Chair of Communication at Louisiana Tech University, and an alumnus Fulbright Canada Research Chair of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary.

I teach: critical studies of communication technology, new media theory, software studies, basic Web design, and political economy of communication.

I research: network cultures and technologies, alternative social media, and the Dark Web.

My books: Weaving the Dark Web (MIT Press, 2018), offers a history and sociology of the Dark Web. Reverse Engineering Social Media (2014, Temple University Press), explores the architecture and political economy of social media. Winner of the 2015 Association of Internet Researchers Nancy Baym Award. Socialbots and Their Friends (2016, Routledge), is a co-edited collection on socialbots.

Academic publications: in New Media and Society, Social Media and Society, Television and New Media, Social Text, and more.

Journalism/Op-Eds/Essays: The Week, The New Inquiry, The Salt Lake Tribune, Culture Digitally, and RedThread. You can also see more of my writing on my fancy “weblog.”

Media appearances: in CBC, Deutschlandradio, LA Times, MSNBC, NPR, Congressional Quarterly, San Francisco Weekly, and The Salt Lake Tribune. You can see more of my media appearances here.


PhD in Cultural Studies, George Mason University, 2010

Blog Posts


    Social Engineering.

    History and Theory of Alternative Social Media.

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