Jeff Hemsley

Jeff Hemsley

Assistant Professor

346 Hinds Hall | Phone: (315) 443-3409

jjhemsle@syr.edu

https://jjhemsle.expressions.syr.edu/

Overview

I'm looking for PhD students with interests around:

  • Understanding the ways people interact with each other using social media, particularly on niche sites like ArtStation and DeviantArt, or in the context of political elections.
  • Understanding phenomena like information gatekeeping, personal influence, status, presentation of self, social capital and viral events on social media sites.
  • Questions that require qualitative work (e.g. interviews, observational work, historic perspectives…) and quantitative work (e.g. inferential statistics, social network analysis, and computational methods).
  • Experience with Python and/or R is a big plus, but not entirely necessary if your interests require a qualitative approach.  

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!

You can find Jeff on Twitter @JeffHemsley, LinkedIn and Google Scholar.

Research

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.

Teaching

IST 719

Teaching


Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2016 IST719 M001 Information Visualization
Fall 2016 IST719 M002 Information Visualization
Spring 2017 IST719 M001 Information Visualization
Spring 2017 IST719 M002 Information Visualization
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2015 IST719 M001 Information Visualization
Fall 2015 IST719 M002 Information Visualization
Spring 2016 IST719 M001 Information Visualization
Spring 2016 IST719 M002 Information Visualization
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2014 IST719 M002 Information Visualization
Spring 2015 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Spring 2015 IST840 M001 Practicum in Teaching
Spring 2015 IST719 M001 Information Visualization
Spring 2015 IST719 M002 Information Visualization