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Jeff T. Sheng

Jeff T. Sheng
Ph.D. Stanford University, Sociology, 2021 (expected)
M.S. Stanford University, Computer Science, 2020
M.A. Stanford University, Sociology, 2015
M.F.A., Studio Art, University of California, Irvine
B.A. Harvard University


I am a sociologist that focuses on the role that online technologies have on interpersonal interactions, particularly how social media and online connectivity shape social movements, culture, organizations, and individual outcomes. My dissertation examines the role that the internet has had on contemporary LGBT social movements and cultural change, using LGBT military inclusion from 2009 to 2019 as a case study. In addition to my dissertation, I have also collaborated with technology companies, namely with Twitch, a subsidiary of Amazon, in research understanding online tie formation through social computing platforms. A paper from a 6-month research project with them that uses computational social science, quantitative and qualitative methods, was recently published in the Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2020).

Alongside my PhD in Sociology at Stanford (expected 2021), I completed a Master of Science (MS) degree in Computer Science with a dual track specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Human Computer Interaction, with a Certificate in Computational Social Science from the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences at Stanford. Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program in Sociology, I worked as a professional artist and photographer, and my ethnographic photographs that are integrated in my dissertation were published in the Spring 2020 issue of Contexts, with one being the cover.