I'm on the job market! Need a computational social scientist with software engineering skills? A data scientist with deep knowledge of social systems, attention dynamics, and popularity? Get in touch! nhagar[at]u.northwestern.edu.
Hello! I'm a PhD candidate in the Computational Journalism Lab at Northwestern University. I'm also a part-time research engineer at Meta. In early 2022, I interned with Patreon's data science team.
I research how collective attention works in large, complex systems. I use data science and engineering to study how people discover information online, why things get popular, and what influences content creators. My first love is journalism, but I also study large social platforms (TikTok, Reddit, Facebook) and other attention markets (Netflix, Substack).
Before grad school, I worked in audience development and analytics at Fusion Media Group, Digiday, Pacific Standard and the Dallas Morning News. I've written for Pacific Standard, the Christian Science Monitor, McSweeney's Internet Tendency and others. I graduated from the Medill School of Journalism and am originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
My latest (November 2022) blog post is up on Substack.
Before grad school, I worked in journalism and wrote for a handful of publications:
Sometimes I go on podcasts or write about my research for broader audiences. Somtimes other folks write about my work too. I'm at nhagar[at]northwestern.edu if you'd like to get in touch.