Hi there and welcome! It’s a pleasure to have you!
I am a PhD student in the Media, Technology and Society (MTS) program at Northwestern University. In that capacity, I am an advisee of Aaron Shaw and a member of the Community Data Science Collective. Research wise, I’m interested in digital inequalities (access, skills, and participation on the internet) as well as digital discrimination. Within the realm of the internet, my focus lies on online labor markets.
Originally from the Netherlands, I left my Dutch home at the age of sixteen to attend United World College in Montezuma, NM. My archived blog (with loads of videos) might give you a good sense of my time at the international boarding school. Afterwards, I moved to Canton, NY, to pursue a BA in Sociology from St. Lawrence University. My honors thesis, which recently got published by Social Media + Society, examined contradictory status-seeking strategies on Instagram.
Outside of academia, I love swimming, running and rollerblading as well as I enjoy a bit of non-fiction writing and filmmaking. The latter played a particularly big role in my life when I studied at UWC-USA and St. Lawrence University. Last, but not least, my summers tend to be filled with European music & theater festivals. I love these events so much that I am in the organization of two small-scale festivals in my home country: Totaalfestival Bladel and Festival Hongerige Wolf.
If you’d like to read more, here is my academic CV and here is my Google Scholar profile. Feel free to email me and if you find yourself on the Northwestern campus, you will probably find me in room 2-419 in the Frances Searle Building.
And then, let’s end with some fun facts: Roundabouts are my favorite type of infrastructure and I adore spinach!
~ Floor Fiers