Digital Media and Society (DMS) Research Group

DMS research group explores how digital/social media affects the ways in which we socialize with others, understand the world, and engage with civic and political life.

Several ways you can get involved:

(1) Join an ongoing project (see "Currrent Projects" below).

(2) Do you have a research idea that seems relevant to this group? Talk to me, I'd be happy to guide you to the right direction!

(3) Are you working on an investigative or data journalism project about digital media and society, and looking for data or resources? Check out with me for possible uses of project data, publications, or interviews.

Scholars at any level --undergraduate, graduate, and faculty members --are welcome! Ping me ( if you want to learn more about the group 🌵🌵


Rumors and Pandemic

This project explores rumors and misinformation in the context of COVID-19 rumors. The project includes two national contexts, the U.S. and China. A part of this project is supported by National Science Foundation.

a street scene of Hong Kong during the 2019 protest

Networked Publics and Social Movements

A series of projects have explored the relationship between digital media and social movement/collective actions.

Current projects:

  • Digital Publics, Propaganda, and Hong Kongn Protest: To understand how rumors and propaganda messages are interpolated in digital narratives surrounding Hong Kong Protest. The project leverages both digital data and survey data; and use a mixed method approach. A part of this project is supported by National Science Foundation, and ASU's Institute for Social Science Research.

  • Facebook and #NeverAgain Movement: This project uses a properitary Facebook URL data to understand the information diffusion that led to #MarchForOurLives, the largest student-led protest in the U.S. history. This project is supported by Social Science Research Council.

FBI notice on the seizure of a darkwebsite.

Dark Social Web

This project investigates knoweldge sharing in dark social web. The study involves reddit data analysis and observational fieldwork in dark web sites. This study is supported by Department of Defense.

A vigil in support of the Muslim community in Montreal, Quebec on January 30, 2017 (photo from Reuter)

Networked Publics and Extreme Events

A series of projects have studied the ways in which networked publics make sense of extreme events such as terrorist attacks, mass shooting, or public health crisis. If anyone wants to explore this topical area, you're on the right place.

The leader of S.Korea's most notorious troll farm (Druking) arrested.

Digital Manipulation in South Korea

This project uses a large scale click-stream data from one of the largest digital platform in South Korea, to undertand the impact of digital manipulation in online discoursive particiaton.

Extenral Collaborators:

  • Dr. Sang Pil Han (assoc. prof at WP Carey School of Business, ASU)

  • Dr. Mihyun Lii (asst. prof at Northwestern Univ.)

  • Dr. Sungho Park (assoc prof. at Seoul National Univ., South Korea)

US local communities reflected in our study.

Place-based Social Media, and Participation

This project was in partnership with Dr. Nah at Univ. of Oregon, to understand the relationship between place-based social media use and participation.

  • Extenal Collaborator: Dr. Seungahn Nah, professor at University of Oregon

Members | Collaborators

Student Members:

  • Chun Shao, a PhD student at Cronkite <cshao9 at asu dot edu>

  • Mo Madough, a PhD student at Cronkite <mmadwa at asu dot edu>

  • Nisha Sridharan, a PhD student at Cronkite <nsridha6 at asu dot edu >

  • Tanush Vinay, a MS student at Fulton School of Engineering <tanush at asu dot edu>

  • Chang Xu, a rising high school senior student (yes, a talented student can engage in college research project, too!), Mountain Ridge High School, Phoenix

Faculty Collaborators:

  • Dr. Shawn Walker, asst. professor at School of Social and Behavioral Science, ASU

  • Dr. Yunya "Celine" Song, assoc. professor at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.

  • Dr. Monica Chadha, assoc. professor at Cronkite

  • Dr. Kirstin Pellizzaro, asst. professor at University of South Carolina (and a proud Cronkite alumni)

DMS research group has been supported by:

  • Department of Defense:Army Research Office

  • Social Science Research Council and Social Science One

  • National Science Foundation

  • ASU Institue for Social Science Research