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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/Academic qualification

Information Science, Ph.D., University of Washington

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Projects 2016 2018

Research Output 2011 2019

Open Access
Governors
gatekeeper
twitter
follower
Learning systems
4 Citations (Scopus)

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

Elections
Information Diffusion
Social Media
Regression Model
Estimator

Automated Diffusion? Bots and Their Influence During the 2016 US Presidential Election

Boichak, O., Jackson, S., Hemsley, J. & Tanupabrungsun, S., Mar 15 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

presidential election
candidacy
election campaign
event
political behavior

Collaboration Capacity: Measuring the Impact of Cyberinfrastructure-Enabled Collaboration Networks

Qin, J., Hemsley, J. & Bratt, S., May 2018. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

File
human capital
productivity
patent
knowledge
ability

Dribbble: Exploring the Concept of Viral Events on an Art World Social Network Site

Hemsley, J. & Tanupabrungsun, S., Mar 15 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Mechanics

Press and Media

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

After Trump Bashing, Tech Firms Gird for Congressional Grilling

Jeff Hemsley

9/4/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Expert opinions: the September 5 Facebook-Twitter-Google hearing

Jeff Hemsley

9/4/18

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment