Dr Ella McPherson, BA (Princeton), MPhil, PhD (Cantab) Anthony L. Lyster Fellow in Sociology.
I teach the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology and am Research Associate of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights, where I lead the research theme on human rights in the digital age.
My research focuses on symbolic struggles surrounding the media in times of transition, whether democratic or digital. My current research examines the potential for human rights NGOs to use social media to generate governmental accountability. This involves understanding the methodological and reputational implications of using social media and related networks as data sources and dissemination tools, as well as social media's effects on pluralism in human rights discourse. This research is supported by an ESRC Future Research Leader fellowship as well as by the Isaac Newton Trust.