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Personal profile

Professional Information

Jeff Hemsley is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. He is co-author of the book Going Viral (Polity Press, 2013 and winner of ASIS&T Best Science Books of 2014 Information award and selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2014), which explains what virality is, how it works technologically and socially, and draws out the implications of this process for social change. You can see Jeff talk about researching viral events on YouTube. You can also see his Benefunder Profile.

He is a founding member of the Behavior, Information, Technology and Society Laboratory (BITS lab) here at the Syracuse iSchool.  

Jeff earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington’s Information School, where he was a founding member of the Social Media Lab at the University of Washington. The lab received RAPID and INSPIRE awards from NSF, an Amazon Web Services in Education research grant award, and a gift from Microsoft Research. His research has appeared in journals like Policy & Internet, American Behavioral Scientist and the Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce.

Currently, Jeff teaches Information Visualization to amazing, dedicated and creative graduate students at the iSchool!

Research Interests

My research is about understanding how people are using social media, how their use influences the flow of information, and how information mediates user’s interaction online. I draw on theories and concepts like information gatekeeping, personal influence, status, presentation of self, social capital and viral events. I use exploratory data analysis (data visualization techniques), inferential statistics, social network analysis and content analysis to answer my questions.

Education

Information Science, Ph.D., University of Washington

Award Date: Aug 10 2014

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Projects

Research Output

A Closer Look at Data Co-authorship: Team size trends in ‘big science’

Bratt, S., Qin, J. & Hemsley, J., Jan 1 2019, 17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019 - Proceedings. Catalano, G., Daraio, C., Gregori, M., Moed, H. F. & Ruocco, G. (eds.). International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, p. 2664-2665 2 p. (17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019 - Proceedings; vol. 2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
  • Introduction to the 2019 International Conference on Social Media & Society

    Gruzd, A., Mai, P., Kumar, P., Jacobson, J., Recuero, R., Hemsley, J., Kwon, K. H., Quan-Haase, A., Sloan, L. & Hodson, J., Jul 19 2019, 10th International Conference on Social Media and Society: Rethinking Privacy and Trust, SMSociety 2019. Association for Computing Machinery, p. 1-4 4 p. (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • Automated diffusion? Bots and their influence during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election

    Boichak, O., Jackson, S., Hemsley, J. & Tanupabrungsun, S., Jan 1 2018, Transforming Digital Worlds - 13th International Conference, iConference 2018, Proceedings. Springer Verlag, p. 17-26 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 10766 LNCS).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • 4 Scopus citations

    Press and Media

    The Internet Made ‘Fake News’ a Thing—Then Made It Nothing

    Jeff Hemsley

    2/26/1712/19/19

    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Social media giants are restricting research vital to journalism

    Jeff Hemsley

    7/11/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    After Trump bashing, tech firms gird for congressional grilling

    Jeff Hemsley

    9/4/18

    7 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment