Ryan J. Gallagher
Graduate Research Assistant
I am a fourth-year student in the Network Science Ph.D. program at Northeastern. Through my research, I aim to be a computational social scientist who respects and brings together social network analysis, natural language processing, complex systems, and communication theory. My work focuses on how individuals use online communication networks to amplify their voices, and how that amplification can resonate through online media ecologies. I am particularly interested in how polarized public spheres collide in these spaces, and how those collisions can be safeguarded against discursive and structural manipulation.
My route to being a computational social scientist started with B.A. in mathematics from the University of Connecticut, which was followed by an M.S. in math from the University of Vermont, where I worked with the Computational Story Lab at the Vermont Complex Systems Center. I have also done research internships with Facebook Core Data Science, where I addressed coordinated operations and misinformation, and the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute. Outside of research, I play guitar and I am currently trying to become my own one-man band, to varying degrees of success.