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Jonathan Albright

Director of Research, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, School of Journalism, Columbia University

Jonathan Albright is the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Previously an assistant professor of media analytics in the school of communication at Elon University, Dr. Albright’s work focuses on the analysis of socially-mediated news events, misinformation/propaganda, and trending topics, applying a mixed-methods, investigative data-driven storytelling approach.


  • 2014–present
    Assistant Professor, Elon University
  • 2017–present
    Research Director, Columbia University
  • 2010–2015
    PhD Candidate, University of Auckland


  • 2013 
    University of Amsterdam, Digital Methods Initiative (Cert)
  • 2012 
    University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute (SDP)
  • 2010 
    University of Auckland, PhD Candidate

Professional Memberships

  • Online News Association
  • Association of Internet Researchers

Research Areas

  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies (200102)
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology (160808)
  • Networking And Communications (080503)


Finalist, International Data Journalism Awards (2012), CCi Winter School participant, ARC Centre of Excellence @ Queensland University of Technology (2012), Visiting Researcher, Dept of Media and Communication, University of Oslo (2011)