Media Forensics Hub adds four new faculty

Media Forensics Hub adds four new faculty

October 11, 2023October 11, 2023

The Clemson University Media Forensics Hub has expanded its analysis staff with four new faculty from completely different fields, due to a current $3.8 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Jinan Allan, assistant professor of psychology — Allan’s analysis focuses on human decision-making and threat literacy, which is the power to judge and perceive threat info, similar to extreme climate warnings or alerts to different harmful conditions. Before coming to Clemson, she labored as a postdoctoral analysis fellow on the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Science of Intelligence Cluster of Excellence in Berlin, Germany. She acquired a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Oklahoma, the place she carried out analysis on the results of human intelligence and statistical numeracy on threat literacy and decision-making expertise. Her analysis makes use of behavioral science and psychometric strategies to develop metrics and fashions of human decision-making and threat communication, with functions to various domains, together with excessive climate threat info. 

“Because my analysis focuses on folks’s potential to know threat info and make knowledgeable selections, I used to be excited by the Hub’s mission to check misinformation and disinformation in on-line environments. I’m excited to work with the Hub’s interdisciplinary staff to check who, when and why folks might fall prey to misinformation and disinformation. Additionally, my hope is that in the long term, we can develop trainings or interventions to assist various folks to raised acknowledge misinformation, and to make extra knowledgeable selections in on-line environments.” — Jinan Allen

Sayan Gupta, assistant professor of promoting — Gupta’s analysis and instructing pursuits deal with digital and social media advertising and marketing, advertising and marketing analytics, model administration and the marketing-finance interface. His dissertation titled “Essays on Brand Actions and Love-Hate Relationships with Consumers” investigated varied elements of shopper polarization in response to model crises and gained the ISMS Early-Stage Dissertation Proposal Award. The dissertation’s first essay, “Dousing a Social Media Firestorm: Understanding and Mitigating Brand Echo-Chambers within the Aftermath of Brand Crises” was additionally awarded Best Paper within the Digital and Social Media Marketing monitor on the 2022 Winter American Marketing Association convention. He acquired his Ph.D. in advertising and marketing from the University of Pittsburgh in 2023 and holds a submit graduate diploma in administration from the Indian Institute of Management Indore and a bachelor’s and grasp’s in expertise in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. His work has been printed within the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.

“The Media Forensics Hub’s capabilities in combating on-line deception are vital to my analysis on model security. Consumer belief has been on the decline over the previous a number of years, due to misinformation, privateness and cybersecurity threats, on-line polarization, and the overwhelming preponderance of damaging press. The Hub offers a sanctum for interdisciplinary brainstorming that might present a few of the most impactful options to those burning points for advertising and marketing practitioners.” — Sayan Gupta

Ayse Lokmanoglu, assistant professor of communication — Lokmanoglu is a management member of Vox Pol Network and an affiliate of the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP). Her work takes a mixed-method strategy that integrates computational methodologies, quantitative instruments, and digital humanities to look at the mainstreaming of supremacist ideologies on the web by state and non-state actors centered on race, gender, and faith. Her dissertation “Imagined Economics: An Analysis of Non-state Actor Economic Messaging” was awarded the 2022 National Communication Association Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. Her venture “A Picture is Worth a Thousand (S)phrases: Classification and Diffusion of Memes on a Partisan Media Platforms” was funded by The Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) Year 3 Award. She has printed in journals together with Information, Communication and Society, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Journal of Communication, Terrorism and Political Violence, Health Communication, Social Science and Medicine, and plenty of others.

“The Hub’s analysis on disinformation, and the house it offers for researchers to pursue their very own ardour is what I cherished concerning the Hub and Clemson.”  — Ayse Lokmanoglu

Morgan Wack, assistant analysis professor of economics — Wack’s analysis pursuits emphasize the political penalties that consequence from the dissemination and use of novel communication and identification applied sciences, notably within the Global South. He has had articles printed within the fields of political science, info sciences and sociology and his analysis has been lined by journalistic retailers similar to The Guardian and The Conversation. In addition to his tutorial work, he has assisted authorities businesses and different organizations in a number of nations on points associated to healthcare, training and misinformationHe acquired a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College.

“I’m trying ahead to working with multi-disciplinary staff members to handle questions on the forefront of social media analysis. In addition to those collaborations, my place with Clemson offers a possibility to contribute to the continued growth and enlargement of the Media Forensics Hub in vital tutorial and coverage areas.” — Morgan Wack

The Media Forensics Hub is an interdisciplinary staff of researchers working to not solely examine on-line deception however to additionally develop instruments and educate folks to acknowledge it and to cease it from spreading.

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