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Monica Stephens

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

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Social media, social media and politics, digital divides, misinformation (fake news), mapping social phenomena, volunteered geographic information (VGI), Big Data, gender and the Internet

Head shot of Monica Stephens in front of a map

Monica Stephens analyzes social media to understand trends in society, including in politics.

Among other topics, she is interested in incivility in social media, as well as the role of Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms in spreading misinformation such as “fake news.” Her research aims to understand the scope of the problem, as well as ways to combat it.

Stephens’ research also 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. She has used 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. She was a member of the Floating Sheep blog.

CONTACT:

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

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