Deen Freelon

Deen Freelon (@dfreelon) is an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His areas of expertise are, political expression through digital media, and the use of code and computational methods to extract, preprocess, and analyze large digital datasets. Freelon has published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, American Behavioral Scientist, and Information, Communication & Society. He is the creator of ReCal, an online intercoder reliability application that has been used by thousands of researchers around the world; and TSM, a network analysis module for the Python programming language. He formerly served as a technology trainer, web designer, and multimedia consultant at Duke University.

Selected Publications:
  1. Freelon, D. (2017). Campaigns in control: Analyzing controlled interactivity and message discipline on Facebook. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 14(2), 168-181.
  2. Freelon, D., McIlwain, C. D., & Clark, M. D. (2016). Beyond the hashtags: #Ferguson, #Blacklivesmatter, and the online struggle for offline justice. Center for Media & Social Impact.
  3. Freelon, D. (2015). On the cutting edge of Big Data: Digital politics research in the social computing literature.” In S. Coleman & D. Freelon (Eds.), Handbook of Digital Politics (pp. 451-472). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc.
  4. Freelon, D. (2013). Discourse architecture, ideology, and democratic norms in online political discussion. New Media and Society 17(5): 772-791.