Joan Donovan

research director Shorenstein Center Harvard University

Dr. Joan Donovan is the Research Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. She leads the field in examining internet and technology studies, online extremism, media manipulation, and disinformation campaigns.

Joan leads The Technology and Social Change Project (TaSC). TaSC explores how media manipulation is a means to control public conversation, derail democracy, and disrupt society. TaSC conducts research, develops methods, and facilitates workshops for journalists, policy makers, technologists, and civil society organizations on how to detect, document, and debunk media manipulation campaigns.

Her research and teaching interests are focused on media manipulation, effects of disinformation campaigns, and adversarial media movements. She teaches a graduate-level course on Media Manipulation and Disinformation Campaigns with a focus on how social movements, political parties, governments, corporations, and other networked groups engage in active efforts to shape media narratives and disrupt social institutions.

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