School of Communication
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A., 2017 M.Phil., Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, 2011 M.A., University of Central Lancashire, U.K., 2002 B.A., University of Delhi, India, 2001
Saif Shahin is an assistant professor in communication studies. His scholarship focuses on critical data studies, social media studies, global media and politics, and media sociology, and is underpinned by a normative commitment to social justice. His research has been featured in high-impact peer-reviewed journals including Information, Communication & Society; Social Science Computer Review; The International Journal of Press/Politics; Communication Methods and Measures; and Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. His JMCQ article was a finalist for the journal’s 2017 Outstanding Research Article of the Year Award. He has also won awards at annual conferences of the International Communication Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Shahin’s latest research looks at “big data” as a sociopolitical phenomenon, the interplay of emotion and cognition in digital discourses, and the technosociology 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 coauthored multiple journal articles and conference papers with graduate students. He teaches a doctoral seminar in advanced media research methods. He previously worked as a journalist in India, England, and the Middle East, and continues to contribute commentaries and news analyses on current affairs to publications worldwide.