Postdoctoral Researcher in Sociology, KU Leuven

Jaron Harambam (1983) is an interdisciplinary sociologist working on conspiracy theories, (social) media, and AI (content moderation, search/recommender systems) at the Institute for Media Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium. His monograph "Contemporary Conspiracy Culture: Truth and Knowledge in an Era of Epistemic Instability" is out at Routledge. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam, being part of the multi-disciplinary Fair News Project studing the role of algorithms in news provision. He defended his PhD (cum laude, highest distinction) October 2017 at the Rotterdam Centre for Cultural Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, titled: “The Truth Is Out There” – Conspiracy Culture in an Age of Epistemic Instability. He won the "Best Dissertation 2017-19" award of the Dutch Sociology Association (NSV). He is editor-in-chief of the open-access Dutch-Belgian peer-reviewed journal Tijdschrift Sociologie, and member of the European network of scholars working on conspiracy theories, COST COMPACT.

Experience

  • –present
    Postdoctoral Researcher in Sociology, KU Leuven