- I specialize in computational sociology, data science, digital media analytics, and social network analysis. My research interests include big data analytics, digital activism, and political sociology. I finished my PHD at McMaster University where I was a recipient of the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, a scholarship given to world-class doctoral students who have demonstrated leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement. While at MAC, I was also a fellow of the Sherman Center for Digital Scholarship. Upon my graduation, I was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Graduating Student Award from the Canadian Sociological Association for my research that examined Twitter networks of activists during the 2011 Egyptian revolution and how the movement turned from solidarity to schism. After completing my PhD, I got certified in data analytics, big data, and predictive analytics from Ryerson University and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on various digital media projects at the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University for which I am still a research collaborator. Apart from academia, I have worked as a Senior Research Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme.
The core of my research agenda revolves around studying the impact of technology on social life. As data on social media is big data and is mostly in the shape of social networks, I use the tools of data science and social network analysis to study online human interactions.
My research includes the application of these tools in various substantive research areas such as social inequality and digital activism, online learning analytics, and online data privacy. I am currently interested on how structural inequalities – presented by the faults of race, class, gender and intersectionality of these factors – are manifested on new and social media, and how the repertoire of digital activism alleviates the effects of those inequalities through being an avenue for identity formation, empowerment, and collective action.
- Data Science
- Computational Sociology
- Digital Media Analytics
- Social Network Analysis
- Social Movements
- Abul-Fottouh, Deena. 2018. “Brokerage Roles and Strategic Positions in Twitter Networks of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.” Policy and Internet 10(2): 218-40. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/poi3.169/full
Abul-Fottouh, Deena, and Tina Fetner. 2018. ” Solidarity or Schism: Ideological Congruence and the Egyptian Activists’ Twitter Networks.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly 23(1): 23-44 https://doi.org/10.17813/1086-671X-23-1-23
- INF2301H (Special topics in Information Studies: Data Analysis of Social Networks)
- INF1003H (Information Systems, Services and Design)
- INF 1344H (Tutorial) Introduction to Statistics for Data Science
- INF 2309H Special Topics in Information Studies (R for Data Science)
- INF1005H Information Workshop (Social Media Data Analytics)
- INF312H Worlds become Data