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Saif Shahin Assistant Professor School of Communication

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SOC - School of Communication
Additional Positions at AU
Faculty Affiliate, Antiracist Research & Policy Center
Faculty Fellow, Internet Governance Lab
Member, Asian Studies Advisory Council
PhD, University of Texas at Austin
MPhil, Jawaharlal Nehru University
MA, University of Central Lancashire
BA, University of Delhi


Saif Shahin joined the American University in August 2018. His research focuses on critical data studies, digital culture, and global media and politics, and is underpinned by a normative commitment to social justice. His research has been featured in a variety of high-impact journals including New Media & Society; Information, Communication & Society; Social Science Computer Review; and Communication Methods and Measures. He also serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics.

Shahin’s latest research takes a critical look at data and technology as sociocultural phenomena, the production of power in digital discourses, and the politics of online identity construction. He works with qualitative, quantitative, and computational methods of research — including machine learning, social network analysis, and sentiment analysis. He is also interested in advancing the methodology of communication research, especially mixed-methods. He enjoys working on collaborative projects and has co-authored multiple journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers with graduate students. He teaches graduate and undergraduate seminars on research methods, data analytics and media, technology and culture.

In 2020-21, Shahin won the School of Communication's Inclusive Excellence Award for "demonstrat[ing] a deep commitment to diversity through his research in online extremism and nationalism, his inclusive teaching approach, and his service contributions." He also won the 2020-21 Ann Ferren Curriculum Design Award (with Professor Patricia Aufderheide) from the Center for Teaching, Research & Learning for redesigning a course on Digital Media and Culture and helping develop resources to teach it with a focus on diversity and equity.

For more information, visit Professor Shahin's personal homepage or check out his profiles on ResearchGate and Google Scholar. You may also follow him on Twitter.

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