Saif Shahin, PH.D.


Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-372-8638
Address: 318 Kuhlin Center

Research Interests: Critical Big Data Studies, Social Media Studies, Global Media and Politics, Framing and Media Sociology

My research looks at the interplay of race and coloniality in mediated discourses and how they shape social phenomena ranging from technological change to global power politics. While I initially focused on the news media, my recent work examines the production of racialized identities on online social networks such as Twitter. I also study how techno-euphoric discourses enable social control and legitimize hegemonic practices such as mass surveillance. I use qualitative, quantitative, and algorithmic or “big data” methods including machine learning and social network analysis. I lead the Algorithms, Big Data, and Culture research group (, where I works with graduate students on collaborative projects.

I have published articles in refereed journals such as Information, Communication & Society; The International Journal of Press/Politics; Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism; Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; and Communication Methods and Measures. My JMCQ article was nominated among the Top Five Finalists for the journal’s 2016 Outstanding Research Article of the Year Award. I earlier worked as a journalist in India, England, and the Middle East, and continue to contribute news analyses and commentaries to publications worldwide.

Ph.D. in Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, USA
M.Phil. in West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
M.A. in Online Journalism, University of Central Lancashire, UK
B.A. in Journalism, University of Delhi, India