I am an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. Most of my efforts are presently focussed on life hacking. My latest book, Reading the Comments: Likers, Haters, and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web, was published in April 2015 by The MIT Press. I also published a book about Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia in 2010. I sometimes write about online pop-culture (“infocide” and “FOMO”), and I have a handful of papers related to geek feminism. During its life, I was honored to serve as an advisor to the Ada Initiative (“supporting women in open technology and culture”). I’ve also had the pleasure of being a fellow (in 1998 and 2010) and faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.
A long time ago I was a Computer Science student at UMBC. I then moved to Cambridge and completed the Masters program in Technology and Policy at MIT. After a brief time as a consultant in New York City, I returned to the MIT Lab for Computer Science as a policy analyst and W3C/IETF Working Group chair and editor. After almost a decade in Cambridge, I left for New York again to articulate and contextualize my experience with new media and collaborative communities at NYU’s Department of Media, Communication, and Culture. I concluded my graduate studies at NYU with a doctoral dissertation on the history and collaborative culture of Wikipedia. I’ve been able to speak about my work with popular media, including The Economist, The New York Times, USA Today, Al Jazeera English, and American and New Zealand Public Radio.
I live in Cambridge, but like to travel—I’m particularly fond of Sydney and Tokyo, and I love to visit the waterfalls of wherever I go. I’m a geek, no doubt, and enjoy riding my bicycle, vegan cooking (particularly baking!), photography, and haiku.
In addition to the publications in my curriculum vitae, you can also read my research blog. If you are bored, you could check out my even older work including student projects from MIT and UMBC, and twenty years’ worth of photos and writing on the Web.
Copyright (1997-2015) Joseph M. Reagle Jr.