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Chad Van De Wiele

Doctoral Student


Chad Van De Wiele is a PhD student in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also completed his MA in Communication. Originally from the suburbs of Detroit, Chad earned his BA in Public Relations from Wayne State University, where he first developed an interest in mediated-communication, new media and technology, and communication research. Currently, Chad employs a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches to study social networks; specifically, his research focuses on public discourse, affect, visuality, and representations and reproductions of race, class, gender, and sexuality within networked spaces. Chad has presented his work at various academic conferences, including NCA, ICA, and AoIR, and has published work in proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Social Media + Society.

As a fellow of the National Science Foundation IGERT program for Electronic Security and Privacy, Chad’s work seeks to move beyond descriptive network analyses of who and what, and instead toward examining the ecology of digital networks, or the totality of communicative relations and patterns surrounding emergent network formations online (e.g., accounting for non- human actors such as trending algorithms or Twitter bots). Since entering the graduate program in 2016, Chad has assisted or instructed several undergraduate courses in the Department of Communication, including Fundamentals of Human Communication, Introduction to Media, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, and Statistics in Communication Research.


MA in Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago
BA in Public Relations, Wayne State University