Marya Doerfel’s research focuses on qualities of social network relationships impact organizations and their relational environments. I analyze network interactions and the content of communication to develop models of grass roots and community level development. With few exceptions, my research takes place in the field. I have conducted communication and network assessments inside organizations and in areas in which major transformation has affected interorganizational alliances or when such alliances facilitate transformation. Such work has been conducted in Croatia, during the country’s political transformation, in New Orleans, USA, following the devastation of physical and social infrastructures as a result of Hurricane Katrina, and most recently, in Kabul Afghanistan, where media-sector organizations and their community are developing.Marya Doerfel
Matthew Weber is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Information. He received his PhD in 2010 from the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California. He previously worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Technology, Entertainment and Media (CTEM) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Matthew’s research examines organizational change and adaptation, both internal and external, in response to new information communication technology. His recent work focuses on the transformation of the news media industry in the United States in reaction to new forms of media production. This includes a large-scale longitudinal study examining strategies employed by media organizations for disseminating news and information in online networks. Matthew utilizes mixed methods in his work, including social network analysis, archival research and interviews.Matthew Weber
Keith N. Hampton is the Endowed Professor in Communication and Public Policy and Co-Chair of the Social Media & Society Cluster in the School of Communication and Information, he is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, and an affiliate member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. Hampton received his Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Toronto. Before joining the faculty at Rutgers, he was an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and Assistant Professor of Technology, Urban and Community Sociology & Class of ’43 Chair in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a past-Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Communication and Information Technologies (CITASA). His research interests focus on the relationship between new information and communication technologies, social networks, democratic engagement, and the urban environment. Most recently, he has looked at the outcomes of persistent contact and pervasive awareness through social media, including stress, social isolation, exposure to diverse points of view, and willingness to voice opinions.Keith Hampton
Katherine (Katya) Ognyanova is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University. She does work in the areas of computational social science and network analysis. Her research has a broad focus on the impact of technology on social structures, political and civic engagement, and the media system.
Prior to her appointment at Rutgers, Katherine was a postdoctoral researcher at the Lazer Lab, Northeastern University and a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University. She holds a doctoral degree in Communication from the University of Southern California.
Jack Harris is a doctoral student at Rutgers School of Communication and Information and is a SC&I Fellow there. He was previously a Governor’s Executive Fellow at Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics and holds undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science. Prior to returning to academia Jack worked in strategy consulting, corporate & technology research, knowledge management and strategic communications in New York City and Minneapolis. He has served on the board of directors for national, state and local nonprofits and worked on congressional and statewide campaigns. Jack’s areas of focus include collaboration, decision-making, governance, and communication technologies with a focus on how interaction and collaboration are constructed across organizations struggling with complex, crisis-driven or intractable issues and decisions. He is particularly interested in issues of environmental risk and climate change adaptation, coastal management, community/organizational recovery after disaster, food systems and in questions of voice — whose voice gets heard and why in collaboration and decision-making.Jack Harris
Allie Kosterich is a PhD student in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University. Allie’s research focuses on media transformation, particularly at the intersection of organizations, institutions, and digital technologies. These interests stem in part from her professional media background, which includes management and production positions in newsrooms and television studios. Allie utilizes mixed methods in her work, including network analysis, archival research, and interviews. She can be followed on Twitter @allkost.Allie Kosterich