Aaron Shaw is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, a Faculty Associate of 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). Most of it considers 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, especially in online communities and gig economy platforms.