Zeynep Tufekci

Associate Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science; Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology
Manning Hall 202
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Faculty Expertise:

Social impacts of technology, privacy and surveillance, inequality, research methods and complex systems.

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BA (Sociology), Istanbul University, Turkey
Undergraduate Degree (Computer Science), Bosphorus University, Turkey
MS, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Zeynep Tufekci is an Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and a regular contributor to the New York Times op-ed section. She has an affiliate appointment with the UNC Department of Sociology and is a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. She was previously an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at the Princeton University.

Dr. Tufekci’s research interests revolve around the intersection of technology and society. Her academic work focuses on social movements and civics, privacy and surveillance, and social interaction. She is also increasingly known for her work on "big data" and algorithmic decision making. Originally from Turkey, and formerly a computer programmer, Dr. Tufekci became interested in the social impacts of technology and began to focus on how digital and computational technology interact with social, political and cultural dynamics.

Her work has appeared in a wide range of outlets, from peer-reviewed journals to traditional media outlets and blogging platforms. Her book, Twitter and Teargas: The Ecstatic, Fragile Politics of Networked Protest in the 21st Century, published by Yale University Press in 2017, examines the dynamics, strengths, and weaknesses of 21st century social movements. 

Courses Regularly Taught: 
089: First Year Seminar: Social Movements and New Media
690-189: Big Data, Algorithms, and Society

Awards and Recognition:
Faculty Associate, Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, 2012-Present
Andrew Carnegie Fellow, 2015-2016
Public Sociology Award, American Sociological Association. Communication and Information Technology Section, 2014
Fellow, Princeton University Center for Information Technology and Policy, 2012-2013

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