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
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Saif Shahin is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies and a Faculty Fellow with the Internet Governance Lab. 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; American Behavioral Scientist; The International Journal of Press/Politics; 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 online identity construction as a technosocial practice. 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 graduate and undergraduate seminars on research methods and data analytics. 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.