sohyeon hwang

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Hello! I'm a first-year PhD student in the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern University, advised by Dr. Aaron Shaw and part of the Community Data Science Collective.

My research interests center around governance (broadly speaking) and online participation. I'm particularly interested in the complexity of governance in large-scale social computing systems, especially platforms following decentralized modes of moderation and rule enforcement like Reddit and Wikipedia. Currently I'm working on examining the gap between governance text and practice.

In my non-academic life, I volunteer as a tutor with the cool folks at GirlForward and like to hang around museums + take pictures on my point-and-shoot.


You can see my full CV as a PDF here.


coming soon (once I have the time to write out overviews)!

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Before I came to Northwestern, I completed my B.A. at Cornell University, double majoring in Government and Information Science. I mostly focused on a mix of Cold War era politics, revolutions, and the politics of violence in the former (my Government senior honors thesis was about East German refugees during the Cold War) + data science in the latter. Consequently, I like drawing from multiple fields and disciplines.

After I graduated, I was a Emma Bowen Summer Fellow on the Audience team at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, where I saw many interesting ideas from my undergraduate studies manifest concretely, giving me the final push to apply to graduate school. And now I am here.


I'm best reached by email. If I don't respond in about 3 days, don't hesitate to send a little follow-up :^) On the Evanston campus, I can usually be found at/around 2-419 Frances Searle.

email: sohyeonhwang [at]

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