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Monica Stephens

Assistant Professor of Geography
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Mapping social phenomena, volunteered geographic information (VGI), Big Data, social media, gender and technology, gender and the Internet, digital divides

Monica Stephens analyzes social media to understand trends in society.

She uses geotagged information — such as data from Twitter — to map large amounts of information in a powerful way. Examples include the “Geography of Hate,” a map visualizing the locations of Tweeted slurs in the United States.

Stephens’ research deals with digital divides: who contributes to Internet forums such as Wikipedia and Flickr, and why there are disparities in gender and other characteristics of users. Her work has been featured in outlets such as The Atlantic, Wired Magazine, Huffington Post, National Public Radio, CNN and BBC. She blogs with friends at http://www.floatingsheep.org

CONTACT:

Monica Stephens, PhD
Assistant Professor of Geography
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences

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