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.