Leadership Team

Sarah Bolden

Sarah is a research assistant on the ROADMAP project and a PhD Candidate in the iSchool’s Information Science and Technology program. She received her BA in Sociology and Latin American & Iberian Studies from the UMass Boston in 2016. In 2018, she received her MA in Communication & Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University.Sarah’s goals as a researcher and educator are to find ways to: make the world more habitable for marginalized individuals and communities; make conditions and forms of oppression more intelligible, visible, and reproachable; elevate and highlight forms of activism and advocacy; unravel the connections between identity, power, and digital technologies; and visualize information in creative and engaging ways.Sarah’s current research, using a critical theoretical lens and mixed qualitative/computational methods, examines what it means for an individual’s or group’s access to a digital platform to come under threat. Looking at social media platforms such as Reddit, Tumblr, and TikTok, I’m especially interested in how marginalized online users and communities navigate issues pertaining to de-platforming, harrassment, and other threats to platform stability/safety.

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