I am a social media researcher and author of a new book about Reddit called… ‘Understanding Reddit,’ AMA!
I am an associate professor in the College of Communication & Information Sciences at The University of Alabama, where I research the uses and effects of social media. For the past six years, I’ve been working with fellow faculty, independent researchers, graduate and undergraduate students to study the social dynamics of Reddit. We’ve published scholarly articles in Social Media + Society, Health Communication, and First Monday.
My new book out today(!), Understanding Reddit, considers the first 15 years of Reddit from several perspectives: through a historical lens, as a site where identity is forged, as a democracy, as a community, and as a news aggregator and distributor. I hope it will be useful to scholars, researchers, tech designers, mods, and anyone with an interest in Reddit and online communities. Looking forward to your questions!