Jeff Hemsley

Jeff Hemsley

An Assistant Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. He is co-author of the book Going Viral(Polity Press, 2013 and winner of ASIS&T Best Science Books of 2014 Information award and selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2014), which explains what virality is, how it works technologically and socially, and draws out the implications of this process for social change. You can see Jeff talk about researching viral events on YouTube. You can also see his Benefunder Profile.

He is a founding member of the Behavior, Information, Technology and Society Laboratory (BITS lab) here at the Syracuse iSchool.  

Jeff earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington’s Information School, where he was a founding member of the Social Media Lab at the University of Washington. The lab received RAPID and INSPIRE awards from NSF, an Amazon Web Services in Education research grant award, and a gift from Microsoft Research. His research has appeared in journals like Policy & Internet, American Behavioral Scientist and the Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce.

Currently, Jeff teaches Information Visualization to amazing, dedicated and creative graduate students at the iSchool!

You can find Jeff on Twitter @JeffHemsley, LinkedIn and Google Scholar.

Research

Jeff Hemsley is a social scientist who draws on theories from sociology and communication to study social media. His current research looks at information diffusion in social media networks, with an emphasis on social movements and political events. He is co-author of Going Viral (Polity Press, 2013), which explains what virality is, how it works technologically and socially, and draws out the implications of this process for social change. Going Viral was selected as ASIS&T Best Information Science Books of 2014 and also selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2014.