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2015 – Present

Rutgers SC&I Faculty

Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University.

2013-2015

Lazer Lab Postdoc

Postdoctoral research fellow in computational social science with David Lazer’s lab, affiliated with:

2008-2013

USC Annenberg Ph.D.

Received a Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, USC.
Doctoral thesis: “Intermedia agenda setting in an era of fragmentation:
Applications of network science in the study of mass communication
.”
Recipient of the 2013 AEJMC Mass Communication & Society Dissertation Award.

Research Assistant:
(Affiliated Research Centers, Annenberg School)

Teaching Assistant:
(Communication Program, Annenberg School)

  • COMM 200 – Communication as a Social Science
  • COMM 201 – Communication as Liberal Art
  • COMM 306 – The Communication Revolution and the Arts
  • COMM 310 – Media and Society
  • COMM 400 – Communication Networks (Senior seminar + labs)
  • COMM 645 – Communication Networks (PhD seminar + labs)

Course Instructor:
(Online Communities Program, Annenberg School)

  • CMGT 540 – Uses of Communication Research (Syllabus)
    Graduate level class on research design and methodology.
1999-2013

Fellowships & Scholarships

1999-2013

Education

2013: PhD. in Communication from the University of Southern California.

Dissertation Title: Intermedia agenda setting in an era of fragmentation:
Applications of network science in the study of mass communication

Committee Members: Sandra Ball-Rokeach (Chair), Peter Monge, Geneva Overholser, Ann Crigler

2010: M.A. in Communication from the University of Southern California.

Degree awarded after Ph.D. level comprehensive examinations in four concentration areas:
media studies, network theory and methodology, online participation and civic engagement,
and state control over digital communications.
Committee members: Sandra Ball-Rokeach (Chair), Peter Monge, Manuel Castells,
Henry Jenkins, Geneva Overholser.

2006: M.A. in Virtual Culture from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

2004: B.Sc. in Computer Science from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

2000-2007

Professional Experience

  • IT journalist (2000-2007) and visual editor (2006-2007) for Capital Weekly and other projects at Economedia (then part of Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt). Covering Internet governance, telecom regulation and new media. Selected publications from that period are available on Reuters/Factiva.

  • Reporter for the Bulgarian National Television (2001-2002) and Radio Tangra (2002-2003).

  • Expert consultant/analyst in the areas of IT, e-government, telecom regulation and new media. Worked on a number of government, NGO, and media projects for Bulgarian and international organizations.

Interview: Vint Cerf