Zeynep Tufekci

Dr. Zeynep TufekciAssociate Professor, School of Information and Library Science (SILS)
Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology
Manning Hall, Room 202 


Twitter: @zeynep

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Twitter and Teargas book coverTwitter and Teargas:
The Power and Fragility
of Networked Protest

Yale University Press
May 2017


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

B.A. (Sociology), Istanbul University, Turkey
Undergraduate Degree (Computer Science), Bosphorus University, Turkey
M.S., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.

Biography: Zeynep Tufekci is an associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an affiliate appointment at the Department of Sociology. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and was previously a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at the Princeton University. 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, 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 and blogging platforms. Her forthcoming book Beautiful Teargas: The Ecstatic, Fragile Politics of Networked Protest in the 21st Century, to be published by Yale University Press, will examine the dynamics, strengths and weaknesses of 21st century social movements. 

Awards and Recognition:

2015 Inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellow

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