Assistant Professor of Sociology
Sociology And Anthropology
102 Adams Hall
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
Twitter: Social Communication in the Twitter Age. Forthcoming, 2012, with Polity Press.
'Twitter and Disasters: the uses of Twitter during the 2010 Pakistan floods', Information Communication and Society, Forthcoming (with Longwell,S.*) (PDF)
'Towards a Sociological Understanding of Social Media: Theorizing Twitter', Sociology, forthcoming.
'Ethnographic Research 2.0: The Potentialities of Emergent Digital Technologies to Qualitative Organizational Research', Journal of Organizational Ethnography, forthcoming.
'New Media and Natural Disasters: Blogs and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami', Information, Communication and Society, forthcoming. (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)
'Emergent Data Mining Tools for Social Network Analysis' in Data Mining in Dynamic Social Networks and Fuzzy Systems (Bhatnagar, V. ed.), , Forthcoming (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.) , Forthcoming (with Gross, A., Takata, A.*, Bond, S.*).
'Digital Ethnography: An Examination of the Use of New Technologies for Social Research' in Hughes, J. (ed.) SAGE Internet Research Methods. London: SAGE, forthcoming, 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.
'"Muslim Punk" Music Online: Piety and Protest in the Digital Age' in K. Salhi (Ed.), Music, Culture and Identity in the Muslim World: Performance, Politics and Piety. Abingdon: Routledge, Forthcoming 2012 (Free unformatted pre-print PDF).
(* indicates student co-author)
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)
New York Times: In Recruiting, Facebook and Twitter Are Coaches’ Friends
SmartMoney: 10 Things Facebook Won't Say
The Huffington Post: Allure of the Hive: Experts on Connectivity, Social Networking and Social Change (discusses a panel Dhiraj participated in, which included Sean Parker, founding president of Facebook)
Sun Sentinel: Social media a game-changer in all aspects of football
Tampa Bay Tribune: Not all of Hillsborough's top seniors are connected to social media
Bowdoin Orient: First year seminar explores living in the 'Facebook Age'
Campus News: In the Facebook Age on WCSH
The Forecaster: Bowdoin students' Facebook 'detox' brings clarity
Academic Spotlight: Sociology Students Face Off With Facebook