Hello! I am Dr. Julia DeCook (PhD) and I am currently an Assistant Professor of Advocacy and Social Change in the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago.
I consider myself to be a critical technologist in the fields of human-computer interaction and the study of sociotechnical systems. My main research areas are platform governance, online hate (movements & harassment), gender and race, social justice and technology, and knowledge production.
In my work, I mostly use qualitative, critical, and some computational methods, specializing in ethnography and discourse analysis. I am also trained in quantitative methods, and do consider myself to be a mixed methods researcher. To frame my research, I use theories and approaches from HCI, anthropology, science and technology studies, communication, social movement studies, and psychology.
At Loyola, I teach the courses designing for digital environments, communication and social change, critical media theory, and media, politics, and propaganda.
I am available for media inquiries as well as consulting opportunities, please feel free to contact me using the link at the top of the page.