Dhiraj Murthy is an Associate Professor of Journalism and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. He was previously Reader of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research explores social media, digital research methods, race/ethnicity, qualitative/mixed methods, big data quantitative analysis, and virtual organizations. Dr. Murthy has authored over 40 articles, book chapters, and papers and a book about Twitter, the first on the subject (published by Polity Press, 2013). He is currently funded by the National Science Foundation’s Division Of Computer and Network Systems for pioneering work on social media use during Hurricane Harvey. Dr. Murthy’s work also uniquely explores the potential role of social technologies in diversity and community inclusion.

Dr. Murthy founded and directs the Computational Media Lab at UT Austin. He previously co-directed The Centre for Creative & Social Technologies at Goldsmiths and founded the Social Network Innovation Lab at Bowdoin College. He is chair of Social Media, Activism, and Organisations (#SMAO15) and a co-chair of Social Media & Society 2016.  Dr. Murthy can be contacted at dhiraj[dot]murthy[at]austin.utexas[dot]edu .

Selected Publications:


Twitter: Social Communication in the Twitter Age. 2013, with Polity Press. Winner of ALA CHOICE Prize 2013. (Selected Reviews: ICS, Discourse & Society, Transfers, #NSMNSS, IJICST, BD&S) | Video Interview. [Amazon US | Amazon UK | Kindle | Free Google Books Version]

Edited Volumes

Special Issue on Social Media, Collaboration and Organizations, American Behavioral Scientist, Volume 59 No.1, 2015.

Special Issue on Collaboration, Organisations and Social MediaInternational Journal of Organisational Design and Engineering, Volume 3 No. 2, 2013.

Journal articles (all are first-authored unless otherwise noted)

Comparative Process-Oriented Research Using Social Media and Historical Text‘, Sociological Research Online, Accepted (Published an Online First).

Social media processes in disasters: Implications of emergent technology use‘, Social Science Research, (with Gross, A.), Volume 63: 356-370, 2017 (PDF).

Visual Social Media and Big Data. Interpreting Instagram Images Posted on Twitter‘, Digital Culture & Society, (Gross, A. and McGarry M.*), Volume 2(2): 113–134, 2016. (PDF)

Bots and Political Influence: A Sociotechnical Investigation of Social Network Capital‘, International Journal of Communication IJoC, (with Powell, A.B., Tinati, R., Anstead, N., Carr, L., Halford, S.J., and Weal, M.), Volume 10(2016): 4952–4971, 2016. (PDF)

‘Urban Social Media Demographics: An Exploration of Twitter use in Major American Cities’, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, (with Gross, A. and Pensavalle, A.*), Volume 21(1): 33–49, 2016. (PDF)

‘Who tweets about cancer? An analysis of cancer-related tweets in the US’, Digital Health, (with Eldredge, M.*), Volume 2:1-16, 2016 (PDF).

‘Do we tweet differently from our mobile devices? A study of language differences on mobile and web-based Twitter platforms’, Journal of Communication, (with Bowman, S.*, Gross, A., McGarry, M.*), Volume 65(5): 816–837, 2015. (PDF) [Covered by Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Times, MSN, US News & World Report, The Daily Mail, and other major press]

Twitter and Elections: are tweets, predictive, reactive, or a form of buzz?‘, Information Communication and Society, Volume 18(7): 816-831, 2015. (PDF)

Introduction to the Special Issue on Social Media, Collaboration, and Organizations‘, American Behavioral Scientist, Volume 59(1): 3-9, 2015.

Social Media, Collaboration, and Scientific OrganizationsAmerican Behavioral Scientist (with Lewis, J.P.*), Volume 59(1),  pp. 149-171, 2015. (PDF)

‘Comparing Print Coverage and Tweets in Elections: a Case Study of the 2011-2012 US Republican Primaries‘, Social Science Computer Review (with Petto, L.*), Volume 33, No. 3, pp. 298-314, 2015.

Big Data Solutions On a Small Scale: Evaluating Accessible High Performance Computing for Social Research‘, Big Data and Society (with Bowman, S.*), Volume 1(2), pp. 1-12, 2014. (Video Introduction | PDF)

Modeling virtual organizations with Latent Dirichlet Allocation: A case for natural language processing‘, Neural Networks (second author with Gross, A.), Volume 58, pp. 38-49, 2014.

The Use of Social Media to Foster Trust, Mentorship, and Collaboration in Scientific Organizations‘, Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society (with Mawrie, S.* and Hastings, C.*), Vol. 34(5-6), pp. 170–182, 2014. (PDF)

Introduction: Special Issue on Collaboration, Organisations and Social Media‘, International Journal of Organizational Design and Engineering, Vol.3, No.2, pp.115 – 120, 2013. (PDF)

Building trust in virtual organisations: a case study of trust and gender in a scientific virtual organisation breeding environment‘, International Journal of Organizational Design and Engineering,  Vol.3, No.2, pp.185 – 205, (with Eldredge, M.*), 2013. (PDF)

The potential for virtual communities to promote diversity in the sciences”, Current Sociology, vol. 61  no. 7,  1003-1020 (with Rodriguez, A.* and Kinstler, L.*), 2013.

Twitter and Disasters: the uses of Twitter during the 2010 Pakistan floods‘, Information Communication and Society (with Longwell, S.*), Volume 16, Issue 6, 2013, pp. 837-855.

‘New Media and Natural Disasters: Blogs and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami’, Information, Communication and Society, Volume 16, Issue 7, 2013, pp. 1176-1192. (PDF)

Ethnographic Research 2.0: The Potentialities of Emergent Digital Technologies to Qualitative Organizational Research, Journal of Organizational Ethnography, Vol. 2 Iss: 1, 2013, pp.23 – 36. (PDF)

Towards a Sociological Understanding of Social Media: Theorizing Twitter‘, Sociology, vol. 46 no. 6 pp. 1059-1073, 2012. (PDF)

‘Twitter: Microphone for the Masses’.  Media Culture Society 33(5):779-789, 2011. (PDF)

“Nationalism Remixed? The Politics of Cultural Flows between the South Asian Diaspora and ‘Homeland’“, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33:8, 2010  (PDF)

Muslim punks online: a diasporic Pakistani music subculture on the InternetSouth Asian Popular Culture, Volume 8, Issue 2 July 2010, pages 181 – 194.  (PDF)

“Digital Ethnography: An Examination of the Use of New Technologies for Social Research”Sociology, Vol. 42, No. 5, pp. 837-855. 2008. (PDF)

“A South-Asian American diasporic aesthetic community? Ethnicity and New York City’s ‘Asian electronic music’ scene”Ethnicities, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 225-247. 2007.  (PDF)

“Communicative flows between the diaspora and ‘homeland’: The case of Asian Electronic Music in Delhi”,Journal of Creative Communication, Vol. 2. Nos.1&2, pp. 143-161. 2007.  (PDF)

“Representing South Asian alterity? East London’s Asian electronic music scene and the articulation of globally mediated identities.”European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 327-346. 2009.  (PDF)

Chapters in Books

‘Critically Engaging with Social Media Research Methods’ in An End to the Crisis of Empirical Sociology? Trends and Challenges in Social Research (McKie, L. and Ryan, L. eds.), pp. 81-97, Routledge, 2016. (PDF)

The ontology of tweets: Mixed methods approaches to the study of Twitter‘ in The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods (Sloan, L. and Quan-Haase, A. eds.), Thousand Oaks: SAGE, forthcoming. (PDF)

‘Facebook’ (encyclopedia entry) in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies (Cook, D.T. and Ryan, J. M. eds.), Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell Publishing, 2015.

‘Dislike This: Facebook’s Experimental Ethics’ in Social Media in Social Research: Blogs on Blurring the Boundaries (Woodfield, K. ed), pp. 87-89, London: Sage, 2014. (PDF)

Emergent Data Mining Tools for Social Network Analysis‘ in  Data Mining in Dynamic Social Networks and Fuzzy Systems (Bhatnagar, V. ed.), pp 40-57 , (with Gross, A. and Takata, A.*), 2013. (PDF)

Evaluation and Development of Data Mining Tools for Online Social Networks’ in Mining Social Networks and Security Informatics ( Özyer, T. et al. eds.) , pp 183-202 (with Gross, A., Takata, A.*, Bond, S.*), 2013. Evaluation and Development of Data Mining Tools for Online Social Networks(PDF)

‘Facebook’ (encyclopedia entry) in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online (Ritzer, G. ed.), Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell Publishing, 2013.

‘Muslim Punks Online: A diasporic Pakistani music subculture’ in Dudrah, R. et. al (ed.) Intermedia in South Asia: The Fourth Screen. Abingdon: Routledge. 2012.

‘Emergent Digital Ethnographic Methods for Social Research’ in Hesse-Biber, S.N. (ed.) Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 158-179. 2011. (PDF)

‘”Muslim Punk” Music Online: Piety and Protest in the Digital Age’  in K. Salhi (Ed.), Music, Culture and Identity in the Muslim World: Performance, Politics and Piety. Abingdon: Routledge, 2013 (PDF).

Published Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Murthy, D., Rodriguez, A.*, Lewis, J.P.* (2013) ‘Examining the Formation of Swift Trust within a Scientific Global Virtual Team‘  in Proceedings of the 46th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Maui, Hawaii, pp. 353-362. (PDF)

Murthy, D., Gross, A., Bond, S.* (2012) ‘Visualizing collective discursive user interactions in online life science communities’ Proceedings of Collective Intelligence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. (PDF)

Murthy, D. (2012) ‘SNS Cyberinfrastructure and Incubating Global Virtual Teams’  in Proceedings of the 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Maui, Hawaii, pp.493-502.  (PDF)

Murthy, D., Gross, A., Oliveira, D. (2011) ‘Understanding Cancer-based Networks in Twitter using Social Network Analysis’  in IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing Proceedings. Palo Alto, California  (PDF)

Oliveira, D., Murthy D., Johnson, H., Wu, S. F., Nia, R., Rowe, J. (2011) ‘A Socially-Aware Operating System for Trustworthy Computing’, in IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing Proceedings. Palo Alto, California (PDF)

Murthy, D., Gross, A. & Longwell, S.* (2011) Twitter and e-health: a case study of visualizing cancer networks on Twitter’ in Shoniregun, C. A. (ed.) International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2011) Proceedings. London, UK (PDF)

(* indicates student co-author)


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