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.

CURRENT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (2021-2023)


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.

Vice President: Nicholas John

Nicholas John is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of The Age of Sharing (Polity, 2016), which in 2017 was awarded the Nancy Baym Book Award by AoIR. His current work focuses mainly on unfriending and other forms of digital tie breaking. He is @nicholasajohn on Twitter, and his web presence is nicholasjohn.huji.ac.il.


Photo of Lynn Schofield ClarkPast President: Lynn Schofield Clark

Lynn Schofield Clark (PhD U of Colorado) is Professor, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Estlow Center for Journalism and New Media, 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; co-editor with Erika Polson and Radhika Gajjala of the Routledge Companion to Media and Class (2020). She is @LynnSchofClark on Twitter, and at LynnSchofieldClark.com


Treasurer: Kelly Quinn

Kelly Quinn is a Clinical Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Student Instructors in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has an interdisciplinary research focus on the ways in which new communication platforms, such as social media, intersect with privacy and life stage. Her work has centered on comparative approaches to privacy, privacy literacy, and how individuals conceptualize privacy and navigate online. 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: Emily van der Nagel

Emily van der Nagel is a Lecturer in Social Media in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She lives and works on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. Emily researches and teaches social media identities, cultures, platforms, and intimacies. Her book, co-authored with fellow AoIR member Katrin Tiidenberg, Sex and Social Media, was published by Emerald in 2020. Emily has been a member of AoIR since 2014. Emily is @emvdn on Twitter, and posts her publications at http://emvdn.net/writing/.


Graduate Student Representative: Ozlem Demirkol Tonnesen

Ozlem Demirkol is a PhD candidate at University of Southampton where she explores expressive political participation on Twitter during the 2018 Turkish Presidential Elections. Her research focuses on how Turkish Twitter microcelebrities are narrating political events and lending visibility to oppositional viewpoints in a setting where criticism of the government is penalised. She previously served as the PGR representative for her department and as a member of the Faculty of Humanities Ethics Committee specifically focusing on Internet research. She has been a visiting lecturer at University of Southampton, King’s College London, University of Westminster and Bournemouth University. She has so far held several research assistantships in the UK and Norway and has worked with NGOs and journalists on projects around human rights, policing, riot control and housing justice. She has been a member of AoIR since 2019 and has been assisting the AoIR Translations Project since the beginning of 2021.


Open Seat: Job Mwaura

Job Mwaura is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town, in the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA). He holds a Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. His research interests include digital media in Africa, African studies, knowledge activism, digital activism, digital cultures and emerging technologies and society. He has published and co-published a few peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and other non-scientific articles. He is currently a host of the Publishing Africa Podcast Series. He has been part of AoIR since 2017.


Open Seat: Raquel Recuero

Raquel Recuero is an Associate professor in the Department of Communication and Languages at Universidade Federal de Pelotas (Brazil). She is the author of “Redes Sociais na Internet” [Internet Social Networks] (in Portuguese, Sulina, 2009), “Conversação em Rede” [Networked Conversation] (in Portuguese, Sulina, 2012), “Métodos de Pesquisa para Internet” [Internet Research Methods] (with Adriana Amaral and Suely Fragoso, in Portuguese, Sulina, 2010), “Análise de Redes Para Mídia Social”[Social Network Analysis for Social Media] (in Portuguese, Sulina, 2016), among several others. Her work focus on discourse, social media and social networks. Twitter: @raquelrecuero

Open Seat: Cindy Tebokke

Dr Cindy Tekobbe currently teaches and researches in Indigenous, feminist, and digital rhetorics as an Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama. Her forthcoming book is called Indigenous Voices in Digital Spaces, where she intersects critical race theory, Indigenous rhetorics and practices, digital rhetorics, and decolonialism to examine case studies of Indigenous technologies and technological practices. She is an ICQCM Fellow and a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.


View the 2019-2021 Executive Committee here.

View the 2017-2019 Executive Committee here. 

View the 2015-2017 Executive Committee here.

View the 2013-2015 Executive Committee here.