Research Fellow, Media Ecosystems 

Length of appointment: one-year term appointment with the possibility of extension (Position will be remote until the Harvard Kennedy School University reopens. In the future, you would be expected to work from the Shorenstein Center.)

Description: The Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School is seeking a Research Fellow with an interest in social institutions, digital media, and information integrity to support the collection and curation of case studies for the Global Media Manipulation Case Book. The Research Fellow will conduct research on topics related to public discourse, politics, and society, including the propagation of disinformation and media manipulation and its impact on political communication and democratic processes. They will join a team of researchers conducting cross-disciplinary research at the nexus of media and democracy using a mix of analytical approaches including digital ethnography, computational social science, and network science. 

This position is ideally suited to a candidate with interest and experience in conducting research related to media, news organizations, political polarization, and policy using computational methods and data science. The candidate must have an aptitude for writing directed at academic and popular audiences. They will draft and co-author case studies, research reports, and papers for academic publications and broader audiences.

The right candidate will thrive in a mission-driven and collaborative community that values creativity and open communication and encourages innovative approaches to conducting research in the public interest. In this position, the applicant will work closely with Dr. Robert Faris, a senior researcher at Shorenstein and co-author of Networked Propaganda on Oxford University Press.  

This position is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Due to the pandemic, the Fellow will work remotely until the office reopens.)


  • Conducting primary research and literature reviews
  • Writing and editing research outputs
  • Project management; organizing and archiving research materials
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Organization and participation in events and workshops


  • Research experience and domain knowledge related to media, communications, and technology 
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Superior communication skills
  • Organizational and project management experience
  • Data science and computational social science skills are a plus

Basic qualifications:                                                                                                    

  • Graduate degree in a related field; PhD preferable
  • Experience in research and project management

The Technology and Social Change (TaSC) Research Project

Led by Dr. Joan Donovan (bio), the TaSC project aims to understand how media manipulation is a means to control public conversation, derail democracy, and disrupt society. The project conducts research, develops tools, and facilitates workshops for journalists, policy makers, technologists, and civil society organizations on how to detect, document, and debunk media manipulation campaigns. 

To apply, please email:

Subject heading: Research Fellow Application

Please include: 

  1. Cover letter stating your skills and interests
  2. CV
  3. The contact information for three references
  4. One example of relevant writing (journal article or dissertation chapter preferred)