Deen Freelon
Published July 6, 2016
Updated October 1, 2021

Deen Freelon is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Freelon is also a principal researcher at the university’s Center for Information, Technology, & Public Life. He’s an expert on political expression through digital media and using data science and computational methods to analyze large digital datasets.

Freelon is the creator of ReCal, an online application used by researchers worldwide. He’s also created TSM, which analyzes large-scale network data from social media, and fb_scrape_public collect to data from Facebook.

Headshot; A Black man with short, tightly curled hair that connects to a full beard with a gray patch in the center; staring at the camera with a neutral expression. He is wearing small, rectangular glasses with no frame, and a black, mock neck sweater

Pronouns: He/him

Expertise: Political expression through digital media, mis/disinformation, conspiracy theories, hyperpartisan content, ideological asymmetry, identity politics, personalized information environments

Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.


Twitter: @DFreelon

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