The Social Media Lab has a strong tradition of collaboration. Our international, multi- and  interdisciplinary team of faculty and student research collaborators are spread across the globe. Our expertise lies in studying online communities and social networks and developing new tools and methods for analyzing and visualizing social media data. We welcome proposals for research collaborations and consultations from fellow researchers, graduate students, private companies and non-profit organizations. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with us.

  • Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd
    Director of Research
    Canada Research Chair | Director of Research, Social Media Lab | Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
  • Philip Mai, M.A., J.D.
    Director of Business and Communications
    Director of Business and Communications, Social Media Lab | Manager of Academic Communications, Ryerson University, Canada
  • Dr. Priya Kumar
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Media Lab
  • Dr. Jenna Jacobson
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Media Lab
  • Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite
    Research Collaborator
    Professor, Syracuse University, USA
  • Dr. Ángel Hernández-García
    Research Collaborator
    Associate Professor, Department of Organizational Engineering, Business Administration and Statistics, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
  • Dr. Joanne McNeish
    Research Collaborator
    Associate Professor, Marketing; Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Hong Yu
    Research Collaborator
    Director and Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Retail Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
  • Dr. Jaigris Hodson
    Assistant Professor and Program Head at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University, Canada
  • Dr. Hua (Helen) Wang
    Research Collaborator
    Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, USA
  • Dr. Barry Wellman
    Research Collaborator
    Distinguished Visiting Scholar (2017-2018); Founder of International Network for Social Network Analysis, Director – Netlab, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Marc Esteve del Valle
    Research Collaborator
    Assistant Professor, Media Studies and Journalism, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • Dr. Kevin Quigley
    Research Collaborator
    Professor; Director, MacEachen Institute for Public Policy & Governance, Dalhousie University  
  • Dr. Ingrid Sketris
    Research Collaborator
    Professor, Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Bertrum Macdonald
    Research Collaborator
    Professor, School of Information Management, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University
  • Ksenia Tsyganova
    Research Collaborator
    St Petersburg State University
  • Alicia Wanless
    Research Collaborator
    Director of Strategic Communications at The SecDev Foundation, Ottawa
  • Sean Sedlezky
    Research Collaborator
    Manager of Program Design, Ted Rogers School of Retail Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
  • Raquel Recuero
    Visiting Scholar 2018
    Associate Professor at the Communication and Linguistics Department at Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPEL/Brazil) and at the Post Graduate program of Communication and Information at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande Read More.
  • Laurie Bonnici
    Visiting Scholar 2018
    Associate Professor, University of Alabama | Project: Social Media & Health
  • Anne Suphan
    Visiting Scholar 2018
    Research Associate at the Institute for Law and Social Sciences at the University of Honenheim, Germany.
  • Olga Boichak
    Visiting Scholar 2018
    Ph.D. Candidate at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs doctoral program in Social Science (Syracuse University) | Project: Examining the Ukrainian diaspora on Facebook to understand what motivates Read More.
  • Lina M. Gomez Vasquez
    Visiting Scholar 2017
    Assistant Professor, the School of Social and Human Sciences, Universidad del Este, Puerto Rico. |  Project: How #hcsm healtcare community uses Instagram and Twitter to communicate with each other and with the public.
  • Bree McEwan
    Visiting Scholar 2017
    Assistant Professor, Communication, DePaul University, USA | Project: Developing measures to assess the “strength of weak ties” in online social networks.
  • K. Hazel Kwon
    Visiting Scholar 2016
    Assistant Professor, School of  Social & Behavioral Sciences and in-coming Faculty at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication | Arizona State University, USA |  Project: Swearing Contagion in Social Read More.
  • Celine Yunya Song
    Visiting Scholar 2016
    Assistant Professor,  Department of Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong |  Project:  A Longitudinal Study of Discussion Networks on Weibo: Polarized Opinions on Genetically-Modified Food
  • Mark Klein
    Visiting Scholar 2016
    Principal Research Scientist, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence; Research Scientist, University of Zurich |  Project: Using Crowd-Sourced Deliberation Mapping to Enable More Powerful Social Media Analytics 
  • Staci Zavattaro
    Visiting Scholar 2016
    Associate Professor, College of Health and Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, USA | Project: University Use of Social Media: Communicating the Brand Identity 
  • Irfan Chaudhry
    Visiting Scholar 2016
    PhD student Dept. of Sociology, University of Alberta | Instructor, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Canada |  PROJECT:  #HateOnline: Using social media to examine discourses of racism and xenophobia online  
  • Melodie Yun-Ju Song
    Visiting Scholar 2016
    Melodie Yun-Ju Song, MSc, BSN, RN, is a PhD candidate in Health Policy at McMaster University | Project: Is medium the message? An exploratory analysis to explicate difference in vaccine sentiment Read More.
  • Maria Gintova
    Thesis Student
    PhD Candidate, Policy Studies,  Ryerson University
  • Lama Khoshaim
    Thesis Student
    Phd Candidate, Interdisciplinary PhD, Dalhousie University
  • Sarah Gilbert
    Thesis Student
    PhD Candidate, iSchool, University of British Columbia
  • Drew Paulin
    Thesis Student
    Phd Candidate, iSchool, University of British Columbia
  • Bailey Parnell
    Thesis Student
    MA in Communications & Culture, Ryerson University
  • James Lannigan
    Collaborator
    PhD Candidate, Sociology Department, University of Toronto
  • Ali Arabi
    Graduate Student
    MSc in Data Science and Analytics, Ryerson University
  • Michael Pacheco
    Web Developer - Data Analyst
    BSc, Computer Science, Ryerson University
  • Lilach Dahoah Halevi
    Research Assistant
    Graduate Student, MA in Psychological Science, Ryerson University
  • Oluwatomilayo (Tomi) Adegbite
    Web Developer - Data Analyst
    BSc, Computer Science, Ryerson University
  • Di (Corrine) Yang
    Mitacs Globalink Research Intern
    Undergraduate Sociology student, Fudan University
  • Jiefan Luo
    Graduate Student
    MSc in Data Science and Analytics, Ryerson University

Former Collaborators

  • Dr. Dimitrina (Dima) Dimitrova
    Research Associate
    Dima has over 15 years of research experience in social networks, organizations & knowledge transfer
  • Dr. Jeffrey Roy
    Research Collaborator
    Professor, School of Public Administration, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Matthew Herder
    Research Collaborator
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Xiao Hu
    Research Collaborator
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Rafa Absar
    Research Collaborator
    Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Clarkson University, USA
  • Dr. Alla Kushniryk
    Research Collaborator
    Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Dr. Regina Collins
    Research Collaborator
    Associate Director, Writing Communications & Outreach, Albert Dorman Honors College, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Alumni

  • Dr. Nadia Conroy
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Media Lab
  • Jaeduk Seo
    Web Developer - Data Analyst
    BSc, Computer Science, Ryerson University
  • Jordan Kilfoy
    Web Developer - Data Analyst
    BSc, Computer Science, Ryerson University
  • Kary Jiang
    Mkt. Assistant / Event Coordinator
    B. Comm. (Hospitality and Tourism Management), Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
  • Alyssa Torres
    Mkt. Assistant / Event Coordinator
    B. Comm. (Hospitality and Tourism Management), Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
  • Kamran Mirshahi
    Web Developer
    BSc, Computer Science, Ryerson University
  • Hira Fatima
    Graduate Student
    MSc in Data Science and Analytics, Ryerson University
  • Martin Phillips
    Graduate Student
    MBA in Technology and Innovation, Ryerson University
  • Nelson Kimron Corion
    Graduate Student
    Master of Digital Media, Ryerson University
  • Stephanie Tran
    Research Assistant
    B. Comm. (Hospitality and Tourism Management), Ted Rogers School of Management,  Ryerson University
  • Anantha Soogoor
    Research Assistant
    BComm, Business Information Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
  • Bradly Dahdaly
    Data Science Intern
    B. Comm. (Bus. Tech. Mgmt.), Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
  • Paarth Arora
    Web Developer - Data Analyst
    BEng, Computer Engineering, Ryerson University
  • Anh T. Dang
    Thesis Student
    Phd Candidate, Interdisciplinary PhD, Dalhousie University
  • Ben O’Bright
    Thesis Student
    Phd Candidate, Political Science, Dalhousie University
  • Nick (Yueh-Ching) Lin
    Project Manager
    MBA Candidate, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
  • Veronica Chernyavsky
    Research Assistant
    BComm, Business Information Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
  • Raghunath Soogoor
    Research Assistant
    Software Development, Seneca College, York Univeristy
  • Dr. Marc Esteve Del Valle
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    Social Media Lab, Ryerson University
  • Francisco Grajales
    Visiting PhD student, '15/16
    PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia
  • Amitoj Singh
    Graduate Student
    MBA in Technology and Innovation, Ryerson University
  • Gokul Sundararajan
    Research Assistant
    MBA Candidate, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
  • Vinit Bansal
    Graduate Student
    MBA, Ryerson University
  • David Glow
    Research Student
    MBA Candidate, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University;   Marketing Consultant at AppCentrica.   David’s research uses social media to evaluate the emerging trend of ‘Digital Transformation’. Similar to terms like Read More.
  • Naureen Nizam
    Thesis Student
    Phd Candidate, Computer Science, Dalhousie University
  • Nathan LaPierre
    Thesis Student
    Master’s thesis student, Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University
  • Cameron Munro
    Major Research Project Student
    Master’s of Digital Media student, Ryerson University
  • Julian Frank
    Major Research Project Student
    Master’s of Digital Media student, Ryerson University
  • Lee Wilson
    Research Assistant
    Master of Library & Information Science Candidate, Dalhousie University
  • Shawn Menzies
    Research Assistant
    BComm, Business Information Technology Management, Ryerson University
  • Nicholas Menzies
    Research Student
    MBA Candidate, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University | Project: Predicting stock prices based on social media engagement
  • Andrea Kampen
    Research Assistant
    Master of Library & Information Science Candidate, Dalhousie University
  • Richard Pannell
    Research Assistant
    B.Inf – Bachelor of Informatics/Sustainability Candidate, Dalhousie University
  • Andrey Kulakevich
    Research Assistant
    BS – Computer Science, Dalhousie University
  • Nathan LaPierre
    Data Scientist
    Social Media Lab, Ryerson University
Brittany WhiteBrittany White (Dalhousie University, Master of Environmental Studies) (2011 – 2014)
Samantha FritzSamantha Fritz (Dalhousie University, Master of Library & Information Studies Candidate) (2013 – 2014)
Carlisle KentCarlisle Kent (Dalhousie University, Master of Library & Information Studies Candidate) (2014)
KaitlinHaleyKaitlin Haley (Dalhousie University, Master of Library & Information Studies Candidate) (2013- 2014)
Sarah-VisintiniSarah Visintini (Dalhousie University, Master of Library & Information Studies) (System Admin, 2013-2014)
Sreejata Chatterjee (Dalhousie University, M.Sc. in Computer Science Candidate) (Research Assistant, 2010-2013)
Tomasz Niewiarowski (Dalhousie University, M.Sc. in Computer Science) (Master’s Thesis Student, 2012 – 2013)
Shali Liu (Dalhousie University, M.Sc. in Computer Science Candidate) (Research Assistant, 2011 – 2013)
Madeline Driscoll (Dalhousie University, Master of Library & Information Studies and Master of Public Administration Candidate) (Research Assistant, 2012 – 2013)
Catherine McGoveran (Dalhousie University Master of Library & Information Studies) (Research Assistant, 2012 – 2013)
Ryan Dyck (Dalhousie University, Master of Library & Information Studies) (Research Assistant, 2012 – 2013)
Thomas Robbins (Dalhousie University, M.A. in Social Anthropology Candidate) (Research Assistant, 2010 – 2013)
Melissa Anez (Dalhousie Univers, Master of Library & Information Studies) (Research Assistant, 2011 – 2012)
Ashley Greene – (Dalhousie University, JD – Schulich School of Law Candidate) (Guest Blogger, 2012)
Melissa Goertzen – (E-Book Program Development Librarian, Columbia University) (Master’s Thesis Student, 2011-2012)
Amanda Wilk – (Dalhousie University, Master of Library & Information Studies) (Research Assistant, 2010-2011)
Kathleen Staves – (NATO Defense College Library & Knowledge Centre) (Research Assistant, 2010-2011)
Jennifer Yurchak (Dalhousie University, Master of Library & Information Studies) (Research Assistant, 2012 )
Thi Ngoc Yen Le – (Thirdwave Consutling Inc, Salesforce Developer) (Master’s Thesis Student, 2010-2011)
Jamiur Rahman – (Dalhousie University, M.Sc. – Computer Science) (Master’s Thesis Student, 2011-2012)
Conrad Ng – (Dalhousie University, Master of Library & Information Studies) (Research Assistant, 2011-2012)
Anton Rosen – (Dalhousie University, B.Sc. – Computer Science) (Research Assistant, 2010-2011)
Mouhcine Aitounejjar – (Dalhousie University, B.Sc. – Computer Science) (Research Assistant, 2010-2011)
Lingyun (Peter) Ye – (Dalhousie University, M.Sc. – Statistics) (Research Assistant, 2010-2011)
Dr. Joon Sang Baek – (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), School of Design and Human Engineering) (Thesis Student, 2010)
Geoffrey Allen – (University of New Brunswick, Digital Projects Librarian) (Research Assistant, 2010)
Sophie Doiron – (Grand Falls Public Library, Acting Library Director) (Research Assistant, 2010)
Justin Wong – (University of Toronto, B.Sc. – Engineering) (Research Assistant, 2009-2010)