Jennifer Stromer-Galley (Ph.D. Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2002) is Professor in the School of Information Studies, Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, and Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Initiatives. She is former president of the Association of Internet Researchers. She is 2019 recipient of the Undergraduate Katzer Professor of the Year Award, and her book Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age received the 2015 Roderick P. Hart Top Book Award in the Political Communication Division of the National Communication Association. She is an affiliated faculty member with the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, the Department of Political Science, and the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute at Syracuse University. She was a Fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University in 2016 and in 2018.
Jenny has been studying “social media” since before it was called social media, studying online interaction and strategic communication in a variety of contexts, including political forums and online games. She has published over 70 journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters, and received over $15 million in federal and corporate grants to support her research endeavors. Her award-winning book, Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age (Oxford University Press, 2019, 2nd Ed.), provides a history of presidential campaigns as they have adopted and adapted to digital communication technologies. She received a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant for her collaborative research, the Illuminating Project, which provides an archive of the 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns by collecting and algorithmically classifying the candidates’ postings and paid ads on social media to support campaign transparency reporting for journalists. Stromer-Galley was also Principal Investigator of a 50 month $5.2 million project called Trackable Reasoning and Analysis for Collaboration and Evaluation (TRACE). Funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Program Activity (IARPA), the project experimented with reasoning and reporting techniques to significantly improve the quality and accuracy of intelligence analysis. She has also received funding from IARPA to study and develop training games to teach about cognitive biases in intelligence analysis, and to develop predictive models of people based on online behavior. She is co-PI on a Twitter Conversational Health grant to study various dimensions of problematic conversation on the platform. She also is part of a team studying political misinformation in Brazil and the United States, funded by WhatsApp. Mentoring the next generation of scholars is something she particularly enjoys.
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Jennifer Stromer-Galley was President of the Association of Internet Researchers from 2015-2017, and is a member of the International Communication Association, and the American Political Science Association. She was Associate Editor of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication from 2013-2017, and is serving again currently. She is the former Director of the Center for Computational and Data Science in the School of Information Studies.
Jennifer Stromer-Galley teaches courses that focus on data ethics, social media in organizational, political, and research contexts, and a variety of research methods courses. She routinely mentors Renee Crown Honors students. She has supervised 11 doctoral students to completion of their doctoral degrees, in addition to advising over 30 doctoral students and serving on doctoral committees in the United States, Europe, Brazil, and Singapore. She received the Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award in 2015 from Syracuse University.
Jennifer Stromer-Galley is an injured runner, and has had to find new hobbies. In the Covid-times, she has taken up boxing, yoga, and bike riding, and is a novice guitar player. She cares for a menagerie of dogs, cats, fish, plants, guinea pigs, lizards, and daughters.