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Hogan, Bernie

Bernie Hogan University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute, UK

Bernie Hogan (he/him/*) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and the current Director
of the University of Oxford’s MSc program in Social Data Science. Bernie’s work specialises in how to
leverage computational tools for creative, challenging, and engaging methodologies to address social science
research questions about identity, sexuality, and community. His favourite work in this area focuses on the
capture and analysis of personal social networks, using both pen-and-paper tools and the recent free opensource
application Network Canvas ( He also has a keen interest in how
language is used to either bring people together or push them apart using large scale quantitative data. He
has published over 40 peer reviewed articles and presented at over a hundred conferences, including several
keynotes. His most famous work reconsidered Goffman’s offline stage play metaphor of self-presentation for
online life (Hogan, 2010). This piece probably helped in popularising the term “algorithmic curation”.

Before working at the University of Oxford’s Oxford Internet Institute ( he completed
his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Canada. His undergraduate was in Sociology and Computer
Science at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. His graduate work was in Sociology
and Knowledge Media Design at the University of Toronto. During that time Bernie interned at Microsoft
Research. Bernie lives in Oxford, UK with his husband and their sprawling vinyl record collection. He tweets
(and collects vinyl) under the moniker “blurky” because it is a very rare word that sounds like Bernie. Most
of this research is available from his departmental homepage, ( and
or/his GitHub, (