Starting in the Fall of 2016, I will be Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota and Affiliated Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project. I am also a Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism (2016). In 2016-17, I will teach two exciting courses (Mass Media and Popular Culture + New Media and Culture), continuing my research on media sociology, news production and emerging media.
My work explores the implications of emerging media in news production, and builds on my first monograph, Social Media at BBC News: The Re-Making of Crisis Reporting.
I work on how information technology and its technical features take shape in institutional contexts. I explored how journalistic uses of social media in relation to sourcing practices transformed journalism and extended the Indian public sphere (Belair-Gagnon, Mishra and Agur, 2014, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism), demonstrated how not-for-profit media regulation across countries shapes digital journalistic organizations and practices (Picard, Belair-Gagnon and Rancordas, 2016), and have been analyzing how foreign correspondents use chat apps during political unrest. I am collaborating with colleagues on the chat apps project funded by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.
Prior to that I was Executive Director and Research Scholar (2014-16) as well as Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-14) at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Born in Montréal (Canada), I earned a BA in sociology (honors) from McGill University, an MSc in sociology from Université de Montréal, and a PhD in sociology from City University London. More information can be found on Academia.edu, Google Scholar, ResearchGate, UMN Digital Conservancy, ORCID, and my CV.