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Melinda Sebastian

Postdoctoral Scholar

311 Hinds Hall | Phone: (315) 443-5299

msebasti@syr.edu

Research

My research focuses on the relationship between emergent media technology, language, law, and policy from an intersectional feminist perspective. I employ qualitative research methods including ethnographic methods, interviewing, focus groups, and discourse analysis sometimes in combination with larger scale methods on platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. I am currently utilizing critical cultural theory in my work on information seeking and search. I recently published a book on the policy of Net Neutrality, with my co-author Dr. Alison Novak of Rowan University, Network Neutrality and Digital Dialogic Communication: How Public, Private and Government Forces Shape Internet Policy, available from Routledge.


Teaching

In my teaching strategies I emphasize that social problems cannot be solved with technology alone and require a socio-technical response. I focus on human interaction with digital technologies, and encourage students to question the socio-technical culture that leads to particular design choices. I have taught in the following areas:


  • Information policy
  • Research methods
  • Social media
  • Ethics

Teaching


Teaching History - 2020-2021
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2020 IST618 M001 Information Policy
Fall 2020 IST486 M003 Social Media in the Organiz.
Spring 2021 IST618 M001 Information Policy
Spring 2021 IST414 M001 Data Driven Inquiry
Teaching History - 2019-2020
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2019 IST618 M001 Information Policy
Fall 2019 IST486 M003 Social Media in the Organiz.
Spring 2020 IST618 M001 Information Policy
Spring 2020 IST414 M001 Data Driven Inquiry
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