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Shawn Walker

Shawn Walker

Assistant Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences


School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Arizona State University, West campus
PO Box 33051
Phoenx, AZ 85069-3051


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences


Shawn is an assistant professor of critical data studies in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences on Arizona State University’s West campus. His research focuses on mis/disinformation and online resistance circulating in social media during social movements, protests, and elections as well as the related challenges of collecting, analyzing, and preserving data from social media platforms. He received his PhD in Information Science from the University of Washington Information School and is a founding member of the Datacification Lab at ASU.


  • PhD, Information Science, University of Washington, 2017
  • MSIS, University of Washington, 2011
  • MA, Liberal Studies, Northern Kentucky University, 2008
  • BA, International Studies, Northern Kentucky University, 2005


Journal Articles


Walker, S., D. Mercea and M. Bastos. 2019. The disinformation landscape and the lockdown of social platforms. Information, Communication & Society 22(11):1531-1543. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2019.1648536. (link )


Agarwal, S. D., W. L. Bennett, C. N. Johnson and S. Walker. 2014. A model of crowd enabled organization: Theory and methods for understanding the role of Twitter in the Occupy protests. International Journal of Communication 8:646-672. (link )

Bennett, W. L., A. Segerberg and S. Walker. 2014. Organization in the crowd: peer production in large-scale networked protestsj. Information, Communication & Society 17(`2):232-260. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2013.870379. (link )

Driscoll, K. and S. Walker. 2014. Working within a black box: Transparency in the collection and production of big Twitter data. International Journal of Communication 8(1):1745-1764. (link )


Nahon, K., J. Hemsley, S. Walker and M. Hussain. 2012. Fifteen minutes of fame: The power of blogs in the lifecycle of viral political information. Policy & Internet 3(1):1-28. DOI: 10.2202/1944-2866.1108. (link )