I study digital governance and behavior change in groups and networks shaped by algorithms. I also organize citizen behavioral science with communities of millions toward a world where the power of digital technology is guided by evidence and accountable to the public.
I advance this work through the nonprofit CivilServant and as an associate research scholar at Princeton University departments of Psychology, Center for Information Technology Policy, and Sociology (full bio here).
In July 2019, I start as an Assistant Professor at the Cornell University Department of Communication.
Recent Articles and Posts
- J. Nathan Matias, Julia Kamin, and Max Klein (2019) Kittens, Baklava, and Bubble Tea: How Wikipedians Thank Each Other in Different Languages ( read this post in Deutsch, فارسی, polski, عربي, Español)
- J. Nathan Matias, Austin Hounsel, and Melissa Hopkins (2018) Do big Social Media Platforms Have Effective Ad Policies?. TheAtlantic.com
- Why I’m going on the Academic Job Market, by J. Nathan Matias
- Gaffney, D., & Matias, J. N. (2018). Caveat Emptor, Computational Social Science: Large-Scale Missing Data in a Widely-Published Reddit Corpus. PLoS ONE 13(7): e0200162. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200162
- Matias, J. N., & Mou, M. (2018, April). CivilServant: Community-Led Experiments in Platform Governance. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (p. 9). ACM.
- The Obligation to Experiment: Tech companies should test the effects of their products on our safety and civil liberties. We should also test them ourselves, by Allan Ko, Merry Mou, and J. Nathan Matias
- Matias, J. N. (2017). Ensuring Beneficial Outcomes of Platform Governance by Massively Scaling Research and Accountability. Harmful Speech Online, 49.
- Launching today: new collaborative study to diminish abuse on Twitter, by Susan Benesch and J. Nathan Matias
- Teaching the craft, ethics, and politics of field experiments, by J. Nathan Matias
Guide for Journalists & Event Organizers
As someone who regularly gives keynotes, appears on panels, and commits acts of journalism, I do what I can to support high quality conversation on tech and society: as a speaker, as a source, and by helping you find experts.
I decline to participate in all-male or mostly-male events and if needed, I can sometimes suggest more diverse speakers. I also collaborate with journalists on data journalism projects related to tech companies, their policies, and online behavior.
For questions related to my academic work at Princeton, please write me at email@example.com.