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United States
University of Wisconsin-Madison
social movements, social media, political event data, computational social science, text analysis, transgender politics
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About Me

I’m a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In July 2016, I will be joining the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor.

Substantively, I am interested in social movements, political sociology, media, and the Middle East. My research agenda focuses on how new and social media has changed social movement mobilization and political participation more generally. Methodologically, I’m interested in computational social science, textual analysis, and social network analysis.

My current project is the Machine-learning Protest Event Data System (MPEDS), an automated system which uses machine learning and natural language processing to create protest event data.

I’m also involved in several efforts to integrate computational methods into social science practice and education. I have taught workshops on computer programming and data analysis for social scientists, and also co-founded the computational social science blog Bad Hessian.

I am transgender woman of color and am happy to discuss transgender and LGBTQ politics and issues. I am also available for mentorship and networking with other queer and trans scholars.

Recent Publications

Shah, D. V., A. Hanna, E. P. Bucy, D. S. Lassen, J. Van Thomme, K. Bialik, J. Yang, and J. Pevehouse. “Dual Screening During Presidential Debates: Political Nonverbals and the Volume and Valence of Online Expression.” American Behavioral Scientist. Forthcoming.

Bode, L., A. Hanna, J. Yang, and D. V. Shah. 2015. “Candidate Networks, Citizen Clusters, and Political Expression: Strategic Hashtag Use in the 2010 Midterms.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 659(1): 149-165.

Shah, D. V., A. Hanna, E. P. Bucy, C. Wells, and V. Quevedo. 2015. “The Power of Television Images in a Social Media Age: Linking Biobehavioral and Computational Approaches via the Second Screen.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 659(1): 225-245.

Hanna, A. 2013. “Computer-aided content analysis of digitally-enabled movements.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly 18(4): 367-388.

Media Coverage

Roller derby doesn’t enforce gender separation and women still rule the sport, The Guardian, August 19, 2015.

The Signal and the Noise in Middle East Elections (with Kevan Harris), Foreign Policy, December 15, 2013.

Visualizing the War on Women Debate (with Marc Smith), Foreign Policy (July/August 2012)


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