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Aaron Shaw is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, co-founder of the Community Data Science Collective, and Director of the Northwestern Media, Technology, and Society Program.

He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley and was a Lenore Annenberg and Wallis Annenberg Fellow in Communication at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2017-2018.

Aaron studies how people organize and collaborate online, especially in peer production communities (like Wikipedia). His research examines why and how a few of these projects grow and produce high quality public resources when most do not. He also analyzes inequalities in online participation.

Aaron's work has received awards from scholarly associations including the American Sociological Association, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Political Science Association. He has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation and Microsoft Research among others.


Mar 20, 2011

Designing Incentives for Inexpert Human Raters

This paper presents the results of an experiment comparing the effects of social, financial, and hybrid incentive schemes on worker performance in an online labor market (Amazon's… More

Apr 27, 2010

A Tale of Two Blogospheres: Discursive Practices on the Left and Right

This paper compares the practices of discursive production and participation among top U.S. political blogs on the left, right, and center during the summer of 2008 and finds… More


Oct 15, 2013

Shaw and Benkler win Best Published Article Award in Information Technology and Politics from the APSA

Berkman fellow Aaron Shaw and faculty member Yochai Benkler have won the Best Published Article Award in Information Technology and Politics published in 2012 from the American… More

May 26, 2011

61st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association

Attending ICA 2011 this week and trying to figure out which sessions to take in? A number of Berkman Center people are also participating in ICA 2011... More


Jan 21, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Internet Skills and Wikipedia's Gender Inequality

with Eszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw, Northwestern University

Eszter and Aaron will speak about their research on the normal, daily use of the web as well as organization and mobilization within web communities. More

Feb 22, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

The Internet, Young Adults and Political Participation around the 2008 Presidential Elections

Eszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw, Berkman Fellows

Based on unique survey data of a diverse group or young adults with unusually high representation of racial and ethnic minorities from Spring 2009, Eszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw… More

Jul 7, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

HIT me baby one more time, Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love Amazon Mechanical Turk

Aaron Shaw, Berkman Center Fellow

Aaron Shaw will discuss who's using Amazon's Mechanical Turk, its implications for social scientists, the future of labor markets, and life on the Internet as we know it. More

May 20, 2009 @ 6:00 PM

Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group

Aaron Shaw - Polanyi's Penguin? Commons-Based Industry in the Neoliberal Knowledge Economy; Colleen Kaman - The World in the Network; Rasmus Kleis Nielsen - Mundane Tools and… More