Working Groups

Working groups provide faculty and students interested in a particular topic the structure to facilitate discussion and debate. Learn more about our current working groups below.

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CAMRA is an interdisciplinary collective of researchers and educators committed to participatory, experimental media-making, engaging in projects and workshops that use multimodal representation to push knowledge production in new directions.
Democracy and Information Group logo
The Democracy and Information Group explores the impact of political communication and other forms of information on civil society. It is particularly interested in the impact of new media on polarization and incivility.
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At the DiMeNet group we analyze how we interact, communicate, and organize by reconstructing the behavioral traces we leave online, applying tools developed in the fields of network science, data mining, and computational sociology.
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A collaborative, interdisciplinary space at the intersection of media studies and social movement theory, the Media Activism Research Collective (MARC) links students with peers, scholars and resources to foster deep learning and insightful research on activism, social movements and media.
Penn logo and the text Message Effects Lab
Messages matter. They can influence our health-related behaviors by shaping our decisions, emotions, and motivations. Jointly supported with the Perelman School, the Message Effects Lab uses empirical evidence to identify the most promising messages for behavior change interventions.