MCRC Fellows

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Porismita Borah

Porismita Borah is the Lester M. Smith Distinguished Professor at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and a graduate faculty in the Prevention Science program at Washington State University. Borah primarily studies discourses on digital platforms as well as message effects in the context of both politics and health. Her work has been published in top journals such as Journal of CommunicationPolitical CommunicationJournal of Computer-Mediated Communication, and New Media and Society. Borah has received funding from multiple sources including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Poynter Institute for her research. Learn more about Borah’s research at

Erik Bucy

Erik Bucy is the Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regents Professor of Strategic Communication in the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University. He teaches and conducts research on disinformation, visual communication, nonverbal behavior, new technology topics, and public opinion about the press. Bucy is the author of the award-winning Image Bite Politics: News and the Visual Framing of Elections (with Maria Elizabeth Grabe, Oxford 2009) and editor of the Sourcebook for Political Communication Research (with R. Lance Holbert, Routledge 2013). Bucy has edited special issues of the International Journal of Press/Politics and American Behavioral Scientist and he is the past editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Politics and the Life Sciences, published by Cambridge. He has been a research fellow at the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford, and has held visiting positions at UCLA, the University of Michigan, and Dartmouth College. He is currently a Fulbright Scholar and visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Loughborough University in the UK, researching a book about press crisis.

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Munmun De Choudhury

Munmun De Choudhury is an Associate Professor of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech and directs the Social Dynamics and Wellbeing Lab. Dr. De Choudhury is passionate about how the web has opened up new opportunities to understand the most pressing challenges of the 21st century, with specific focus on how use of the web might benefit, harm, or simply shape our well-being. She is best known for laying the foundation of a new line of research that utilizes human-centered computational techniques to more deeply understand and improve mental health outcomes, based in ethical analyses of social media data.

Jordan Foley

Jordan Foley is an Assistant Professor in the Journalism and Media Production Department in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, where he studies digital media, public opinion, and political information ecologies. His research focuses on how political misinformation and conspiracy theories flow across digital platforms over time and their implications on civic life. His research has been published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated CommunicationNew Media & Society, theInternational Journal of Communication, and his work has been featured in the Washington Post (the Monkey Cage), Vox (Mischiefs of Faction), and the Brookings Institute (TechStream).

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Shreenita Ghosh

Shreenita Ghosh is a research consultant, former Research Associate with Pew Research Center, and a Fellow in the Mass Communication Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research investigates public needs and behaviors, as well as social and political attitudes by examining surveys and open-source data on diverse digital platforms within the United States and India.

Alex Hanna

Alex Hanna is Director of Research at the Distributed AI Research Institute (DAIR). A sociologist by training, her work centers on the data used in new computational technologies, and the ways in which these data exacerbate racial, gender, and class inequality. She also works in the area of social movements, focusing on the dynamics of anti-racist campus protest in the US and Canada. Dr. Hanna has published widely in top-tier venues across the social sciences, including the journals MobilizationAmerican Behavioral Scientist, and Big Data & Society, and top-tier computer science conferences such as CSCW, FAccT, and NeurIPS.

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Katie Harbath

Katie Harbath is a global leader at the intersection of elections, democracy, and technology. As the chief executive of Anchor Change, she helps clients think through tech policy issues. She is a senior advisor for technology and democracy at the International Republican Institute and is also a fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Integrity Institute and a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council. Previously, Katie spent 10 years at Facebook. As a director of public policy, she built and led global teams that managed elections and helped government and political figures use the social network to connect with their constituents

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Juwon Hwang

Juwon Hwang is an Assistant Professor in the School of Media and Strategic Communications at Oklahoma State University. As a social scientist, Dr. Hwang is committed to examining factors that improve or impair mental health and help public health organizations persuade individuals to better respond to health crises. She focuses on the role of emerging communication technologies in mental health support and on developing, implementing, and testing the effectiveness of targeted messages to advance public health. Much of this work focuses on racial/ethical minorities, people with substance use disorders, and aging populations.

Rachel Kornfield

Rachel Kornfield is an Assistant Professor in Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University. Her research draws on training in health communication, human-computer interaction, and behavior change theories and techniques, and focuses on the role of supportive communication within digital health interventions, including communication with peers, health professionals, and automated messaging systems (e.g., “chatbots”). She is particularly interested in designing and testing digital health interventions that apply computer tailoring to connect individuals to the right type of support, at the right time.

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Srijan Kumar

Srijan Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he develops AI, applied machine learning, and data mining methods. He often utilizes terabytes of data from multiple online platforms spanning multiple modalities and languages to develop scalable and efficient methods for online safety. He focuses on detecting and mitigating malicious actors (e.g., ban evaders, sockpuppets, coordinated campaigns, fraudsters) and dangerous content (e.g., misinformation, hate speech, fake reviews). Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he was a visiting researcher at Google AI, a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University, and a PhD student at the University of Maryland.

Josephine Lukito

Josephine “Jo” Lukito is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work applies computational and mixed methods to study international communication and discourse about political communication, especially as it relates to disinformation and economic issues. Jo’s work has been published in journals such as International Journal of Press/Politics and Political Communication, as well as trade publications like Columbia Journalism Review.

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“Estelle” Ranran Z. Mi

“Estelle” Ranran Z. Mi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Media & Journalism at Kean University. Her research centers around computer-mediated communication and health, primarily focusing on behavioral change and intervention. She collaborates widely with interdisciplinary experts in communication, medicine, and social psychology. Her work has been published in both communication and medicine journals, such as Health Communication, Patient Education & Counseling, BMC Geriatrics, and Academic Emergency Medicine.

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Jiyoun Suk

Jiyoun Suk (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut, a core faculty member at the Program of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a faculty affiliate at the Center for mHealth and Social Media. In her research, she looks at how the communication processes in the contemporary media environment shape civic trust, digital activism, and political polarization, primarily employing computational methods. She is particularly interested in how contemporary communication processes are related to the understandings of different social groups, marginalized communities, and political and social outgroups.

Lauren Tucker

Dr. Lauren Tucker is the founder and CEO of Do What Matters, an inclusion management consultancy designed to shepherd the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts of communications firms from well-meaning intent to sustainable impact. Having worked at some of the most renowned advertising and marketing agencies in the world, including Leo Burnett, Burrell Communications, the Martin Agency and Merge, she focuses her research on the application of nudge theory to designing actionable inclusion solutions that help agencies and communications firms achieve sustainable diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives while driving quality growth.

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Fan (“Ellie”) Yang

Fan (“Ellie”) Yang is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Mass Media at Northwest Missouri State University. She studies the effects of media technology and message construction to support the well-being for vulnerable populations. Her abiding theoretical focus is on how message framing shapes information processing and decision-making and how the affordances of technology shape user experiences, usage patterns, and social outcomes, recently in the context of strategic health communication.

Yini Zhang

Yini Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University at Buffalo. Her research concerns public opinion and public attention dynamics in the digital media environment, as well as their implications for journalism and communication ecology. Her work has been published in journals such as Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and New Media & Society.