A Lookback on the Pilot Cohort of our Siegel Research Fellows 2021-22

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

The inaugural cohort of Siegel Research Fellows completed their fellowship year and are now our first class of alumni. The group of impressive researchers and academics produced publications presented and workshopped their research at monthly research seminars, and even published a book during their time as Siegel Research Fellows. Though the group of fellows were interdisciplinary, with backgrounds ranging from computer science to communications and economics, the cohort’s research topics coalesced around a few core issues, with important ones being mis- and disinformation, and multidimensional infrastructure

Highlights from our Pilot Year

Below are a few examples from the past year that exemplify the ways in which the cohort helped to extend Siegel’s research strategy, which is built around knowledge creation, supporting and contributing to networks, and presenting novel insights

In Their Own Words

The aim of the Siegel Research Fellows Program is not only to extend our own in-house research capabilities, but to also support the fellows in pursuing their own research agendas and protect the fellows time to develop ideas and research projects (with input and guidance from others in the cohort) that may have otherwise been out of reach.

Here are a couple of the fellowship benefits the scholars have experienced.

Michael Bernstein, of Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) shares, “The feedback from the other Siegel Research Fellows was instrumental in shaping the framing and execution of my research. My project is far better for it!.”

MIT Fellow Alexander Kowalski, elaborates on the benefits of the interdisciplinary nature of the group, “The Siegel Research Fellowship was invaluable in introducing me to new perspectives on topics that were already familiar to me. Whether it was a different theoretical orientation, an exciting methodology, or firsthand knowledge of a particular technology, I learned from the other fellows new ways of understanding and analyzing the future of work.”

Over the course of this fellowship, I made important connections with other scholars and received valuable feedback on my own work. By engaging me with diverse perspectives outside of my own subfield this fellowship significantly improved how I communicate my research and increase the impact of my work,” shared Kevin Aslett, from the Center for Social Media and Politics at New York University.

Next Steps for the Inaugural Cohort

Since the fellowship year has ended, many fellows have gone on to secure new positions within academia, what follows is a sample from the Siegel Research Fellows cohort: 

The Year Ahead

For the 2022-2023 fellowship year, we are expanding both the number and type of institutions hosting fellows. Last year we worked closely with eight academic centers across the country to select and host our fellows, this year we are extending support beyond academia to include think tanks and other non academic centers, like the Santa Fe Institute and Aspen Digital. In total, we expect to host fourteen fellows for this year’s cohort. In other exciting developments, we are working closely with the Center for Social Media and Politics (CSMaP) to host a multi-day in person event for fellows at New York University’s campus.