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Karina Alexanyan’s research interests lie at the intersection of media, information technology and social science. Her academic background is in global social media networks and society, with a focus on Russia. Karina was a researcher with the Berkman Klein Center’s Internet and Democracy Project, working on the impact of the Internet on Russian Politics, Media and Society.  At mediaX at Stanford University, Karina helps bring industry and academia together to explore edge topics at the intersection of human sciences and technology. Her current focus is on Trust, Transparency and Technology.  Dr. Alexanyan is also an Instructor for Stanford Continuing Studies, where she recently developed an online course on  Media, Technology and Society, highlighting social and cultural changes through digital media and emerging technologies.  Dr. Alexanyan received her PhD in Communications from Columbia University,  an M.A. in Communication from NYU and a B.A. in Linguistics and Modern Languages (French and Russian) from the Claremont Colleges.

Projects & Tools

Impact of the Internet on Russian Politics, Media, and Society

With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, the Berkman Center is undertaking a two-year research project to investigate the role of the Internet in Russian society.


Mar 20, 2012

Mapping Russian Twitter

Drawing from a corpus of over 50 Million Russian language tweets collected between March 2010 and March 2011, the Berkman research team created a network map of 10,285 users…

Mar 2, 2012

Exploring Russian Cyberspace: Digitally-Mediated Collective Action and the Networked Public Sphere

This paper summarizes the major findings of a three-year research project to investigate the Internet’s impact on Russian politics, media and society. We employed multiple methods…

Oct 18, 2010

Public Discourse in the Russian Blogosphere: Mapping RuNet Politics and Mobilization

This paper is the first release from the Berkman Center's Russian Internet research project. It analyzes the Russian blogosphere, with an emphasis on politics and public affairs.


Oct 19, 2010 @ 10:00 AM

Mapping the Russian Blogosphere

Hosted by USIP’s Center of Innovation for Science, Technology & Peacebuilding, researchers from the Berkman Center and their collaborators at Morningside Analytics will present…