alex-look Alexander Halavais is associate professor of sociology in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University, where he researches ways in which social media change the nature of scholarship and learning, and allow for new forms of collaboration and self-government. He serves as the president of the Association of Internet Researchers, and is affiliated with the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California and the Learning Sciences Institute at ASU. His most recent book was Search Engine Society (Polity, 2009), and he is working on a book tentatively titled Participatory Surveillance.

hazelKyounghee “Hazel” Kwon is Assistant Professor of Communication at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arizona State University. She received a doctoral degree in Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2011, and has served on the faculty at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA before joining ASU.

Her research interests focus on social and mobile technologies, with a particular emphasis on the dynamics in which technology-mediated communication influences collective behaviors, social networking, and civic/political participation.

Since 2010, Dr. Kwon has been working on collaborative projects supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) related to the use of social media under extreme events including natural disasters and political conflicts. Currently, she is investigating the developmental patterns of the social media-based resource mobilization during the recent political movements in the Middle East.

Dr. Kwon has received Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award from the International Communication Association (ICA), Kappa Tao Alpha Research Award from National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication, Jung-Sook Lee Award from the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and Top Four Paper Award from National Communication Association (NCA). Her publications have appeared in multiple journals including Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, CyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, Computers in Human Behaviors, Asian Journal of Communication, and Journal of Information Technology & Politics.