Sorin Adam Matei

  • Professor
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
    M.A., Tufts University
    B.A., Bucharest University

Department Information

Communication // Faculty

Office Information

  • Research

    Sorin Adam Matei - Professor and Director of Purdue Data Storytelling Network - studies the relationship between information technology and social structures in a variety of contexts.  His multidisciplinary, international project, such as Kredible.Net ( are or the Data Storytelling Network ( dedicated to making social media data transparent, actionable, and easily communicable.  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 Research, 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 Computer Science and Engineering.  Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes social media analytics, online interaction and facilitation, and global social media research.  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 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).


    Representative Publications   (Dr. Matei's most recent publications)

    • Collmann, J. & Matei, S. A. (2016). Ethical Reasoning in Big Data. Springer: New York.
    • Matei, S.A., Russell, M. & Bertino, E. (2015). Transparency in social media. Springer: New York.
    • Matei, S. A., & Bertino, E. (2014). Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods. New York: Springer New York.
    • Matei, S. A., & Bruno, R. J. (2015). Pareto’s 80/20 law and social differentiation: A social entropy perspective. Public Relations Review, 41(2), 178–186.
    • Brunswicker, S., Matei, S. A., Zentner, M., Zentner, L., & Klimeck, G. (2016). Creating impact in the digital space: digital practice dependency in communities of digital scientific innovations. Scientometrics, 1–26.
    • Lee, S., Monge, P., Bar, F., & Matei, S. A. (2007). The emergence of clusters in global telecommunications network. Journal of Communication, 57, 415-434.
    • Matei, S. A. (2006). Globalization and heterogenization: Cultural and civilizational clustering in telecommunicative space (1989-1999). Informatics and Telematics, 23 , 316-331.
    • Matei, S. A. and Ball-Rokeach, S. (2005). Watts, the 1965 Los Angeles riots and the communicative construction of the “fear epicenter” of Los Angeles. Communication Monographs, 72, 301-323.
    • Matei, S. A. (2005). From counterculture to cyberculture: Virtual community discourse and the dilemma of modernity. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication. Vol. 10(3). Retrieved July 1, 2006, from
    • Matei, S.A., (2004). The Mind Boyars. Compania: Bucharest.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

© 2017 Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Copyright Complaints | Maintained by CLA

If you have trouble accessing this page because of a disability, please contact the College of Liberal Arts Webmaster.

Some content on this site may require the use of a special plug-in or application. Please visit our plug-ins page for links to download these applications.