A. About Sorin A. Matei, the site owner

I Think is a collection of papers, articles, thoughts, and interactive maps edited by Sorin A. Matei, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, Purdue University. The content is provided by him, his students, collaborators, and colleagues. Articles are dedicated to a variety of issues, mostly the social impact of communication technologies, but also digital and spatial humanities, current affairs and social interaction online.

Curriculum Vitae Dr. Sorin Adam Matei

Dr. Matei was educated at Bucharest University (BA in History and Philosophy), Tufts University (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MA in International Relations), and University of Southern California (Annenberg School for Communication, Ph.D. in Communication). He is currently Professor of Communication at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. He studies the relationship between information technology, group behavior, and social structures in a variety of contexts. His most recent book, Structural Differentiation in Social Media studied ten years-worth of Wikipedia editing or 250 million individual contributions to the site. The volume offers a new view on how online groups emerge. It identifies specific evolutionary phases, including a bureaucratic one. The book emphasizes the role of strong although temporary leaders for the success of any online project. His latest research program investigates the role played by social media cognition and emotional responses to risk-prone or risk-averse behavior in natural emergencies. His most current work continues his interest in online social behavior explored in his past projects. He is also known for his work on ethics in big data and his multidisciplinary, international projects, such as Kredible.Net (http://kredible.net). Dr. Matei leads the Global Communication Study Abroad program organized with support experts from the French National Assembly and the French Superior Council for Audio-Visual Media (FCC equivalent).

He has published nine book and tens of articles in the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy.  His work was funded by the National Science Foundation and is conducted in collaboration with colleagues from a variety of campus units, such as Computer Science and Engineering.  His teaching portfolio includes social media analytics, online interaction and facilitation, and social media research.  His teaching makes use of software platforms he has co-developed, such as Visible Effort or Visible Past.

Dr. Matei is also known for his media work.  He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and leading Romanian newspapers.  In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars)Idolii forului (Idols of the forum)Idei de schimb (Spare ideas),  and as and the publisher of Pagini.com (http://pagini.com).

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