A PDF version of my CV is available here (updated 05/14/18). What follows is a professional bio and publication list.

My name is Deen Freelon, and I am an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My primary research interests lie in the changing relationships between technology and politics, and encompass the study of social media and other digital communications with political applications. I have extensive experience in computational methods for social science research, including text preprocessing, computational description, network analysis, machine learning, and open-source research software development. Beyond that, I also have an interest in quantitative research methods generally and intercoder reliability specifically, one manifestation of which is the online intercoder reliability calculator ReCal which is housed on this site.

Here are some papers I’ve written or co-written, in reverse chronological order by year. I will provide PDF links to preprints whenever copyright allows.  Like many academics, I’m often too busy to update this list regularly, so if you’re interested in my most recent work I suggest you visit my automatically-updated Google Scholar profile page.

Year Title Journal or Publication Type Author(s) Link(s)
2018 The filter map: Media and the pursuit of truth and legitimacy White paper (Knight Foundation) Freelon, D. [1]
2018 How Black Twitter and other social media communities interact with mainstream news Report (Knight Foundation) Freelon, D., Lopez, L., Clark, M. D., Jackson, S. J. [1][2]
2018 Personalized Information Environments and Their Potential Consequences for Disinformation Understanding and Addressing the Disinformation Ecosystem (edited volume) Freelon, D. [1]
2018 Quantifying the power and consequences of social media protest New Media & Society Freelon, D., McIlwain, C., Clark, M. D. [1][2]
2018 The Twitter exploit: How Russian propaganda infiltrated US news Report (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Lukito, J., Wells, C., Zhang, Yini, Doroshenko, L., Kim, S. J., Su, M.-H., Suk, J., Xia, Y., Freelon, D. [1]
2017 Campaigns in control: Analyzing controlled interactivity and message discipline on Facebook Journal of Information Technology & Politics Freelon, D. [1][2]
2017 Online clustering, fear and uncertainty in Egypt’s transition Democratization Lynch, M., Freelon, D., Aday, S. [1]
2016 Narrowing the gap: Gender and mobilization in net neutrality advocacy International Journal of Communication Freelon, D., Becker, A. B., Lannon, B., Pendleton, A. [1]
2016 Beyond the hashtags: #Ferguson, #Blacklivesmatter, and the online struggle for offline justice Report (Center for Media & Social Impact, American University) Freelon, D., McIlwain, C., Clark, M. D. [1]
2016 Blogs & Bullets IV: How social media undermines transitions to democracy Report (Peacetech Lab) Lynch, M., Freelon, D., Aday, S. [1]
2015 Discourse architecture, ideology, and democratic norms in online political discussion New Media & Society Freelon, D. [1][2]
2015 Of Big Birds and bayonets: Hybrid Twitter interactivity in the 2012 presidential debates Information, Communication & Society Freelon, D., Karpf, D. [1][2]
2015 Online fragmentation in wartime: A longitudinal network analysis of tweets about Syria, 2011-2013 Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Freelon, D., Lynch, M., Aday, S. [1][2]
2015 Focus on the tech: Internet centrism in global protest coverage Digital Journalism Freelon, D., Merritt, S., & Jaymes, T. [1][2]
2015 Big Data Analysis International Encyclopedia of Communication Freelon, D. [1]
2015 On the cutting edge of Big Data: Digital politics research in the social computing literature Handbook of Digital Politics (Elgar) Freelon, D. [1]
2015 Conceptualising digital politics Handbook of Digital Politics (Elgar) Coleman, S., Freelon, D.
2015 Handbook of Digital Politics Handbook of Digital Politics (Elgar) Coleman, S., Freelon, D. (Eds.)
2014 On the interpretation of digital trace data in communication and social computing research Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media Freelon, D. [1][2]
2014 Syria in the Arab Spring? The integration and disintegration of Syria’s conflict with the Arab uprisings, 2011-13. Research & Politics Lynch, M., Freelon, D., Aday, S. [1]
2014 The effect of the Internet on civic engagement under authoritarianism: The case of Azerbaijan. First Monday Pearce, K. E., Freelon, D., Kendzior, S. [1]
2014 Online civic activism: Where does it fit? Policy & Internet Freelon, D. [1][2]
2014 Blogs & Bullets III: Syria’s socially mediated civil war. Report (US Institute of Peace) Lynch, M. Freelon, D., Aday, S. [1]
2013 Participation in the youth civic web: Assessing user activity levels in web sites presenting two civic styles Journal of Information Technology & Politics Freelon, D., Wells, C., Bennett, W. L. [1][2]
2013 Watching from afar: Media consumption patterns around the Arab Spring American Behavioral Scientist Aday, S., Farrell, H., Freelon, D., Lynch, M., Sides, J., Dewar, M. [1][2]
2013 Introduction to the special issue on new media and social unrest American Behavioral Scientist Tufekci, Z., Freelon, D. [1][2]
2013 ReCal OIR: Ordinal, interval, and ratio intercoder reliability as a web service International Journal of Internet Science Freelon, D. [1]
2012 Facilitating diverse political engagement with the Living Voters Guide Journal of Information Technology & Politics Freelon, D., Kriplean, T., Morgan, J., Bennett, W. L., Borning, A. [1]
2012 Supporting reflective public thought with Considerit Proceedings of the ACM 2012 conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work Kriplean, T., Morgan, J., Freelon, D., Borning, A., Bennett, L. [1][2]
2012 Blogs & Bullets II: New media & conflict after the Arab Spring Report (US Institute of Peace) Lynch, M. Freelon, D., Aday, S. [1]
2012 Digital media and youth engagement Sage Handbook of Political Communication Bennett, W. L., Freelon, D., Hussain, M. M., & Wells, C. [1]
2011 Talking amongst themselves: Online youth civic communication in managed and autonomous environments. Information, Communication & Society Freelon, D. [1]
2011 Communicating citizenship online: Models of civic learning in the youth web sphere. Journal of Communication Bennett, W. L., Wells, C., Freelon, D. [1][2]
2011 ConsiderIt: Improving structured public deliberation. Proceedings of the 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’11) Kriplean, T., Morgan, J. T., Freelon, D., Borning, A., Bennett, L. [1][2]
2011 Opening closed regimes: what was the role of social media during the Arab Spring? Report (Project on Information Technology & Political Islam) Howard, P. N., Duffy, A., Freelon, D., Hussain, M., Mari, W., Mazaid, M. [1]
2010 Analyzing online political discussion using three models of democratic communication New Media & Society Freelon, D. [1][2]
2010 ReCal: Intercoder reliability calculation as a web service International Journal of Internet Science Freelon, D.  [1]
2010 Changing citizen identity and the rise of a participatory media culture Handbook of Research on Civic Engagement in Youth Bennett, W. L., Freelon, D., & Wells, C. [1]

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