Rebekah Larsen, PhD

I am a postdoctoral associate at MIT’s Comparative Media Studies department, teaching and researching through 2023. I am also a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Journalism and Media @ Oslo Metropolitan University, and a Research Associate at Cambridge University’s Centre of Governance and Human Rights. At OsloMet (through July 2023) I am working with an international, interdisciplinary team to understand how newsrooms approach misinformation around elections, particularly the US elections.

Images from fieldwork, interviewing at talk radio stations in rural Utah, during the 2022 US midterm elections.

My personal research agenda is currently focused on understudied media environments, with special focus on the rural, religion, and radio. Currently, I am researching the Utah media ecosystem, mapping actors, networks, technologies, digital identities, and cultural/ideological influences.

This is a network rendering of the most visible news sources online discussing a privacy topic. This image is from my doctoral research.

I recently, successfully defended my PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge (approved March 2021; conferred Sept 2022). I research and publish about how information moves online–what influences knowledge creation and ‘news’ in the digital age. I am passionate about understanding–and improving–real world connections between tech and social life, both as a practitioner and a researcher. I am keen to empathetically take into account different experiences and identities in understanding these connections.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about my work, ideas for collaboration, or you just want to have a conversation.