Shawn Walker vCard

PhD Candidate
Office: Mary Gates Hall


  • Big Data
  • Computational Social Science
  • Politics of Information


Shawn Walker is a PhD Candidate and founding member of the Social Media (SoMe) Lab at the University of Washington Information School. Shawn's research focuses on using methodologically sound techniques and research designs for the collection, curation, and analysis of social media data in social science research, within the context of social media usage by social movements.


  • Association of Internet Researchers


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Areas of Expertise

Publications and Contributions

  • Conference Poster The missing link: a preliminary typology for understanding link decay in social media (2016)
    iConference 2016 Proceedings Authors: Shawn Walker, Sheetal Agarwal
  • Conference Extended Abstract Making Twitter Datasets and the “God Eye” of Social Media Research (2015)
    Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Authors: Megan Finn, Shawn Walker
  • Conference Paper Understanding Smart Cities: An Integrative Framework (2012)
    45th Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS2012) Issue 4 page 2289-2297 Authors: Hans Jochen Scholl, Hafedh Chourabi, Taewoo Nam, Shawn Walker, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Sehl Mellouli, Karine Nahon, Theresa Pardo
  • Conference Paper Blogs: Spinning a Web of Virality (2011)
    ACM Digital Library Authors: Karine Nahon, Shawn Walker, Muzammi Hussain, Jeffery Hemsley
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal Fifteen Minutes of Fame: The Power of Blogs in the Life Cycle of Viral Political Information (2011)
    Policy & Internet Volume 3 Issue 1 page Article 2 Authors: Karine Nahon, Jeffery Hemsley, Shawn Walker, Muzammi Hussain
  • Conference Paper Fifteen Minutes of Fame: The Place of Blogs in the Life Cycle of Viral Political Information (2010)
    Internet, Politics, Policy 2010: An Impact Assessment Authors: Karine Barzilai-Nahon, Jeffery Hemsley, Shawn Walker, Muzammil Hussain


  • "Emotional and Cognitive Impacts of Political Events in Social Media" (2016)
    Young Generation Technical and Leadership Conference
  • "Examining the Authenticity and Reliability of Social Media Datasets" (2016)
    GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
  • "Changing Publishing Practices in iSchools" (2014)
  • "Research on Social Media" (2013)
  • "Social media research ethics & methods" (2013)
    Internet Research 2014
  • "30,000,000 Occupation Tweets: a Hashtag Co-occurrence Network Analysis of Information Flows" (2012)
    Internet Research 13.0, AoIR
  • "Issues in Social Media Research" (2012)
    Internet Research 13.0, AoIR