Dhiraj Murthy is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and the Department of Sociology (by courtesy) at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Cambridge and was previously a Reader (Professor) of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.
His research explores social media, virtual organizations, virtual teams, digital research methods, race/ethnicity, and big data quantitative analysis. This work has been situated in a variety of contexts including health, disasters, journalism, and organizations. He has authored over 40 articles, book chapters, and papers and a book about Twitter, the first on the subject (published by Polity Press). His work on social networking technologies in virtual organization breeding grounds was funded by the National Science Foundation’s Office of CyberInfrastructure and resulted in two edited journal issues and the Collaborative Organizations & Social Media conference. Dhiraj’s work also uniquely explores the potential role of social technologies in diversity and community inclusion.
Dhiraj founded and directs The Computational Media Lab. He recently chaired the Social Media, Activism, and Organisations (#SMAO15) conference and co-chaired Social Media & Society 2016.”