Hannah Waight

Cohort class of 2023-2024

Hannah Waight


Postdoc, Center for Social Media and Politics, New York University 

Hannah is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Social Media and Politics (CSMaP) at New York University. She received my Ph.D. in May 2022 from the Princeton University Sociology Department. Fall 2024 she will join the University of Oregon Department of Sociology as an assistant professor. 

Hannah studies the control and reception of information in authoritarian regimes with a particular focus on China. Her Ph.D. research investigated the relationship between bureaucratic discretion and the content, amplification, and visibility of state media manipulation in print and digital media in China. In my postdoc she is examining how and when state propaganda gets amplified on news recommender algorithms in China and through generative AI. 

Hannah has also completed and ongoing projects in the sociology of perception, history of social thought, and gendered harassment and social media participation. 

Methodologically Hannah uses a range of tools, including primary document analysis, interviews, machine learning, survey experiments, and computational text analysis. She holds a BA in East Asian Studies and an MA in Regional Studies: East Asia, both from Harvard University.

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