Saif Shahin
Published October 7, 2021
Updated April 30, 2023

Saif Shahin is an assistant professor of digital culture at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. An expert in critical data studies and digital culture, Shahin researches technology policy; the implications of disinformation online; media coverage of global politics; diversity and inclusion efforts in digital spaces; and online social movements.

Shahin’s recent published work focuses on how digital media users use nationalism to justify bigotry and the far right’s presence on social media. He has researched the online Black Lives Matter movement’s impact on global struggles for social justice. His research methods include machine learning, social network analysis and sentiment analysis, the process of detecting opinion in text on social networks and elsewhere online. 

He was previously an assistant professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., and a journalist in India, England and the Middle East. He serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics

Academic headshot; An Indian man with short, ear length, straight, black hair, smiles directly at the camera. He is wearing a dark green shirt and a black, zip-up sweater with a white collar

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Pronouns: He/him

Expertise: Social media, disinformation, technology policy, digital culture, social movements, Big Data

Location:Tilburg, Netherlands


Twitter: @shahin_saif

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