Location: Bowdoin / Dhiraj Murthy

Sociology and Anthropology

Dhiraj Murthy

Research Associate, Sociology And Anthropology

Dhiraj Murthy: Bowdoin College: Sociology

Dhiraj Murthy's current research explores social media, virtual organizations, and big data quantitative analysis. His work on social networking technologies in virtual breeding grounds is funded by the National Science Foundation, Office of CyberInfrastructure. Dhiraj also has a book on Twitter, the first scholarly book on the subject, which is published by Polity Press. His work on innovative digital research methods has been cited widely. Dhiraj founded and currently directs the Social Network Innovation Lab, an interdisciplinary research group investigating social networks and collaborative virtual organizations. 

Personal webpage: dhirajmurthy.com


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Cambridge, 2008
  • MSc in Philosophy, London School of Economics, 2003
  • MSc in Sociology, University of Bristol, 2001
  • B.A. in Psychology, Claremont McKenna College, 1997

Research Areas

  • Social Media, New Media, Organizations, Quantitative Sociology, Virtual Teams, Big Data, and Digital Methods.


Twitter: Social Communication in the Twitter Age. 2013, with Polity Press.

 Journal articles

'Introduction: Special Issue on Collaboration, Organisations and Social Media', International Journal of Organizational Design and Engineering, 2013 Vol.3, No.2, pp.115 – 120, 2013. (PDF)

Building trust in virtual organisations: a case study of trust and gender in a scientific virtual organisation breeding environment‘, International Journal of Organizational Design and Engineering, 2013 Vol.3, No.2, pp.185 – 205, (with Eldredge, M.*), 2013.

The potential for virtual communities to promote diversity in the sciences”, Current Sociology, vol. 61  no. 7,  1003-1020 (with Rodriguez, A.* and Kinstler, L.*), 2013.

'Twitter and Disasters: the uses of Twitter during the 2010 Pakistan floods', Information Communication and Society, Volume 16, Issue 6, 2013, pp. 837-855.

'Towards a Sociological Understanding of Social Media: Theorizing Twitter', Sociology, vol. 46 no. 6 1059-1073 (PDF)

Ethnographic Research 2.0: The Potentialities of Emergent Digital Technologies to Qualitative Organizational Research, Journal of Organizational Ethnography, Vol. 2 Iss: 1, 2013, pp.23 - 36 (PDF)
'New Media and Natural Disasters: Blogs and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami', Information,Communication and Society, Volume 16, Issue 7, 2013, pp. 1176-1192. (PDF)

‘Twitter: Microphone for the Masses’.  Media Culture Society 33(5):779-789, 2011. (PDF)

"Nationalism Remixed? The Politics of Cultural Flows between the South Asian Diaspora and 'Homeland'", Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33:8, 2010  (PDF)

Muslim punks online: a diasporic Pakistani music subculture on the Internet, South Asian Popular Culture, Volume 8, Issue 2 July 2010, pages 181 - 194.  (PDF)

"Digital Ethnography: An Examination of the Use of New Technologies for Social Research", Sociology, Vol. 42, No. 5, pp. 837-855. 2008. (PDF)

"A South-Asian American diasporic aesthetic community? Ethnicity and New York City's 'Asian electronic music' scene", Ethnicities, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 225-247. 2007.  (PDF)

"Communicative flows between the diaspora and 'homeland': The case of Asian Electronic Music in Delhi", Journal of Creative Communication, Vol. 2. Nos.1&2, pp. 143-161. 2007.  (PDF)

"Representing South Asian alterity? East London's Asian electronic music scene and the articulation of globally mediated identities.", European Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 327-346. 2009.  (PDF)

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters 

'Emergent Data Mining Tools for Social Network Analysis' in Data Mining in Dynamic Social Networks and Fuzzy Systems(Bhatnagar, V. ed.), Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2013, pp. 40-58 (with Gross, A. and Takata, A.*).

‘Evaluation and Development of Data Mining Tools for Online Social Networks’ in Mining Social Networks and Security Informatics ( Özyer, T. et al. eds.), Springer Netherlands, 2013, pp. 183-202 (with Gross, A., Takata, A.*, Bond, S.*).

'Muslim Punks Online: A diasporic Pakistani music subculture' in Dudrah, R. et. al (ed.) Intermedia in South Asia: The Fourth Screen. Abingdon: Routledge. 2012.

'Emergent Digital Ethnographic Methods for Social Research' in Hesse-Biber, S.N. (ed.) Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 158-179. 2011. (PDF)

(* indicates student co-author)

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings 

Murthy, D. (2013) 'Examining the Formation of Swift Trust within a Scientific Global Virtual Team'  in Proceedings of the 46th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Maui, Hawaii, pp. 353-362.

Murthy, D., Gross, A., Bond, S.* ‘Visualizing collective discursive user interactions in online life science communities’ Proceedings of Collective Intelligence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA., 2012 (PDF)

Murthy, D. (2012) ‘SNS Cyberinfrastructure and Incubating Global Virtual Teams’  in Proceedings of the 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Maui, Hawaii, pp.493-502.  (PDF)

Murthy, D., Gross, A., Oliveira, D. (2011) ‘Understanding Cancer-based Networks in Twitter using Social Network Analysis’  in IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing Proceedings. Palo Alto, California  (PDF)

Oliveira, D., Murthy D., Johnson, H., Wu, S. F., Nia, R., Rowe, J. (2011) ‘A Socially-Aware Operating System for Trustworthy Computing’, in IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing Proceedings. Palo Alto, California

Murthy, D., Gross, A. & Longwell, S.* (2011) Twitter and e-health: a case study of visualizing cancer networks on Twitter’ in Shoniregun, C. A. (ed.) International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2011) Proceedings. London, UK (PDF)

(* indicates student co-author)

National Science Foundation, ' RUI: VOSS: The Potential for Social Networking Cyberinfrastructure to Facilitate Virtual Organization Breeding Grounds', Award #1025428 ($399,553)