Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the primary decision-making body of the Association of Internet Researchers. Its primary role is to ensure the continued viability of the Association, advance the interests of members and of Internet research in general. The Committee is elected every two years, with the previous Vice-President becoming President.

The Executive Committee establishes working parties from time to time that include members as well as executive representatives, such as the current Ethics Working Group.

 

CURRENT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (2019-2021)


Photo of Lynn Schofield ClarkPresident: Lynn Schofield Clark

Lynn Schofield Clark (PhD U of Colorado) is Professor, Chair, and Director of the Estlow Center for Journalism and New Media in the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver. She has been involved in AoIR for more than a decade and served as Conference Host for AoIR 2013 in Denver. She is a participatory action researcher who works with U.S. young people of color, studying the practices of political newcomers as they use, share, and engage with news and political processes via social media, considering the implications of these practices for public life. She is the author (with Regina Marchi) of Young People and the Future of News (2017, Cambridge U Press), and is also author of The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age (2013, Oxford U Press) and From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural (2005, Oxford U Press), in addition to other publications.


Vice President: Tama Leaver
Tama Leaver is an Associate Professor in Internet Studies at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. He is the author of Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology and Bodies (Routledge, 2012); co-editor of An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the World’s Largest Social Network (Routledge, 2014) with Mike Kent; and Social, Casual and Mobile Games: The Changing Gaming Landscape (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) with Michele Willson; and Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures (Polity, 2020) with Tim Highfield and Crystal Abidin. He is @tamaleaver on Twitter, and his web presence is www.tamaleaver.net.

 


Friday 17 October 2014. Professor Axel Bruns from the Creative Industries Faculty, School of Media, Entertainment, Creative Arts, Media and Communication. Photo:QUT Marketing and Communication/Erika Fish. PH:0731385003.

Immediate Past President: Axel Bruns

Dr Axel Bruns is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and a co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (2016), Twitter and Society (2014), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (2012) and Uses of Blogs (2006). His current work focusses on the study of user participation in social media spaces such as Twitter, and its implications for our understanding of the contemporary public sphere, drawing especially on innovative new methods for analysing ‘big social data’. His research blog is at http://snurb.info/, and he tweets at @snurb_dot_info. See http://mappingonlinepublics.net/ for more details on his research into social media.

 


Kelly Quinn

Treasurer: Kelly Quinn

Kelly Quinn is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Student Instructors in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work focuses on new media and how these intersect with aging, social capital, friendship and privacy. Her current research centers on the cognitive and social impacts of social media use for older adults. She has been published in Information, Communication & Society, the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, and the International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, as well as several edited volumes. She has been a member of AoIR since 2007, served as the Graduate Student Representative 2011-2013, Open seat representative in 2013-2015, and elected Treasurer in 2015.

 


Secretary:Kat Tiidenberg

Kat Tiidenberg, PhD is an Associate Professor of Social Media and Visual Culture at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University, Estonia and a post-doctoral researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark. She is the author of Selfies, why we love (and hate) them (2018), and Body and Soul on the Internet – making sense of social media (2017, in Estonian), and a co-editor of “In Search of …”New Methodological Approaches to Youth Research (2015). Tiidenberg is a founding member of the Estonian Young Academy of Sciences, second time board member of the Estonian Sociology Association, and a long time member of the Association of Internet Researcher’s Ethics Committee. She is currently writing and publishing on socially mediated visual culture, digital research ethics and visual research methods. Her research interests include visual self-presentation, sexuality, and normative ideologies as mediated through social media practices. More info at: kkatot.tumblr.com

 


Graduate Student Representative: Zoe Glatt

Zoë Glatt is a PhD Researcher in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics (LSE). Her main areas of research revolve around Internet culture, labour, creative industries, online video and screen cultures, social media, digital ethnographic methods, and the political economy of media and communications. For her PhD she is exploring what is new or different about creative labour that is native to the multi-platform environment of the Internet by carrying out ethnographic research with aspiring and professional YouTube content creators within the flourishing online video industry. This research involves conducting two years of fieldwork offline at industry events and online across platforms, interviews with content creators, and autoethnographic research in the form of becoming a YouTuber herself. Additionally, she is the Managing Editor of the ICA journal Communication, Culture & Critique, Co-Founder of the LSE Digital Ethnography Collective, and Associate Lecturer in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University and the London College of Communication. Zoë’s research has featured in Wired, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Telegraph, BBC 5 Live radio, Vice, GQ, The Sun, EsquireFFWD MediumITV News and TenEighty Magazine. More info at: www.zoeglatt.com

 


Open Seat: Crystal Abdin

Dr Crystal Abidin is a socio-cultural anthropologist who focuses on vernacular internet cultures, particularly young people’s relationships with internet celebrity, self-curation, and vulnerability. She is most known for her work on Influencers, a multimedia form of vocational internet celebrity on social media, and has recently written about the virality of young children on social media, young people’s expression of grief on the internet, and practices of young coupling in East Asia. Crystal is Postdoctoral Fellow in Media Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC) at Jönköping University, supported by Handelsrådet (Swedish Retail and Wholesale Development Council), and Adjunct Researcher with the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT) at Curtin University.

 


Open Seat: Fabio Giglietto

Fabio Giglietto is Associate Professor of Internet Studies in the department of Communication Sciences, Humanities and International Studies at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo. His main research interests are theory of information, communication, and society with a specific focus on the relationship between social systems and digital technologies. On these topics, he has published extensively in journals such as the Journal of Communication, Information, Communication and Society, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Social Media + Society, and Social Science Computer Review. He’s currently the principal investigator of a SSRC funded project on the impact of Facebook on recent Italian elections (see https://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/view/social-media-and-democracy-research-grants/grantees/giglietto/).

Open Seat: Erika Pearson

Erika Pearson is a Senior Lecturer in communication at Massey University Wellington, NZ.  Her research explores social issues at the intersection of emerging technologies and everyday life, and covers issues of community formation and disintegration, social capital and social ties, trust, and more recently issues of surveillance as communication technologies and technologies of control become interwoven and invisible in everyday life.  She has been a part of AoIR since the IR3 conference, and was the conference chair of IR15.

 

View the 2017-2019 Executive Committee here. 

View the 2015-2017 Executive Committee here.

View the 2013-2015 Executive Committee here.