I am an assistant professor in the Information School at University of Washington. My research interests are in Social Computing, where I combine ideas from both computer science and social science to uncover insights about social life online via large datasets. Currently, one major focus of my research is understanding and designing defenses against problematic information in online social platforms.
From August 2017 to 2020, I was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. I completed my PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, where I was a Foley Scholar. Previously, I have also worked in the neXus group at Microsoft Research, and the CUES group at IBM Research.
- May 21 : Received an early-career ONR-YIP award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP). ONR press release. List of all recipients.
- Mar 21 : Awarded Google Research Scholar for Supporting Scalable Value-Sensitive Fact-Checking through Human-AI Intelligence.
- Sep 20 : Received Fact-Checking Innovation Initiative grant in collaboration with Pesacheck to audit social media platforms for misinformation prevalent in Africa.
- Apr 20 : Received 2020 Dean’s Award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering, Virginia Tech.
- Mar 20 : Invited to join the advisory board of SSRC's Social Data Initiative.
- May 19 : Received an NSF-EAGER with Mike Horning for Designing Trustworthy and Transparent Information Platforms
- Apr 19 : Awarded the SSRC research grant to look at social media's impact on democracy using Facebook data.
- Mar 19 : I was an invited speaker at the NATO StratCom COE's Emerging Trends in Social Media seminar.
Recent Publications (all)
Educators, Solicitors, Flamers, Motivators, Sympathizers: Characterizing Roles in Online Extremist Movements
S. Phadke, T. Mitra | CSCW 2021 | paper
Auditing E-Commerce Platforms for Algorithmically Curated Vaccine Misinformation
P. Juneja, T. Mitra | CHI 2021 | paper | doi | dataset | Best Paper Honorable Mention
What Makes People Join Conspiracy Communities?: Role of Social Factors in Conspiracy Engagement
S. Phadke, M. Samory, T. Mitra | CSCW 2020 | paper | doi | Best Paper Honorable Mention
Measuring Misinformation in Video Search Platforms: An Audit Study on YouTube
E. Hussein, P. Juneja, T. Mitra | CSCW 2020 | paper | doi | dataset
Narrative Maps: An Algorithmic Approach to Represent and Extract Information Narratives
B. Keith, T. Mitra | CSCW 2020 | paper