Ph.D., University of Southern California M.A., Tufts University B.A., Bucharest University
Sorin Adam Matei - Associate Professor and Discovery Park Fellow - studies the relationship between information technology, social structures in knowledge markets. His latest project, Kredible.Net (http://kredible.net) is dedicated to creating a community of scholars interested in reputation and authority on social media. The project also supports a "big data" mining project, which aims to determine how egalitarian is content production on Wikipedia. His work was published in the Journal of Communication, Communication Resarch, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. His work was funded by the National Science Foundation and is conducted in collaboration with colleagues from a variety of campus units, such as Sociology, Computer Science, and Engineering. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes research methods, multimedia design, usability, online interaction, and online community development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort or Visible Past. Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).