Promoted to Professor
Brian Lamb School of Communication
Sorin Matei received his PhD at Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he studied the relationship between online and offline communities, social capital online, and the effect of media connections on mental mapping. He also holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He has been a member of the faculty of the Brian Lamb School of Communication since 2003.
Sorin served as a Discovery Park Fellow from 2012–2013 and as a Fulbright Specialist from 2012–2017. Since 2015, he has been the director of research for computational social science at Purdue’s Discovery Park Cyber Center. His most recent research focuses on online structures, roles, and trust, especially in knowledge-producing projects such as Wikipedia. He has published papers and articles in the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books, including his most recent, Ethical Reasoning in Big Data, which was preceded by Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets and Transparency in Social Media. The latter two were the product of the National Science Foundation–funded KredibleNet project.
His teaching portfolio includes online interaction and online community development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has co-developed, such as Visible Effort or Visible Past. Professor 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 the field of Eastern European studies, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the Forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare Ideas), the latter translated into Hungarian.