Stacy Blasiola


Stacy Blasiola is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago and also holds an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Stacy employs a mixed methods approach to study the social impacts of algorithms. Using the methods of big data she examines Twitter conversations and trending topics, and using qualitative methods she investigates how the people who use digital technologies understand, negotiate, and challenge the algorithms that present digital information. As a recipient of a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship in Electronic Security and Privacy, her work includes approaching algorithms and the databases that enable them from a privacy perspective. Stacy is advised by Dr. Zizi Papacharissi and works as Editorial Assistant for the two journals for which Dr. Papacharissi is the editor: the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media and the new, open access journal Social Media and Society. In the summer of 2015 Stacy will be interning at Microsoft Research New England under Nancy Baym and Tarleton Gillespie. Stacy's research has been featured in American Behavioral Scientist and the International Journal of Communication. 


Contact Information

Location: BSB
Cohort Year: 2011