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Alexander Halavais helps people to discover ways in which social media change the nature of scholarship and learning, and allow for new forms of collaboration and self-government. He directs the MA in Social Technologies program at Arizona State University.

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Alexander Halavais is an associate professor of social technologies in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University, where he researches ways in which social media change the nature of scholarship and learning and allow for new forms of collaboration and self-government. He directs the MA in Social Technologies program. He previously served as the president of the Association of Internet Researchers and as the technical director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California. The second edition of Search Engine Society is due out from Polity in 2017, and he is working on a book tentatively titled All Seeing.

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Alexander Halavais is a researcher, teacher, and innovator, interested in ways of helping form communities of creativity, freedom, and justice. In particular, he helps people to discover ways in which social media change the nature of scholarship and learning and allow for new forms of collaboration and self-government.

He is an associate professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University, where he directs the MA in Social Technologies. Previously, he taught in the MS in Interactive Communications program at Quinnipiac University and directed a masters program in informatics at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He has published over fifty articles and book chapters on how social media relate to social change, as well as a book introducing the social role of search engines. He previously served as president of the Association of Internet Researchers, works with the Digital Media and Learning Hub based at the University of California Humanities Research Institute, and is affiliated with the Learning Sciences Institute at ASU, among others. He received a PhD in Communications from the University of Washington, and a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Irvine.

His current work includes research on the role of microcredentials in online publics, as well as work on a book tentatively titled All Seeing.

He has provided expert commentary for dozens of newspapers and magazines around the world, including the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Wired, The Times of London, and Asahi Shimbun, and has been a discussant on television and radio programs in the US, Canada, Australia, and Austria. His teaching was featured in Time, and interviews have been published in the Washington Post and Fast Company.

In addition to blogging at “a thaumaturgical compendium” and course related blogs, he tweets @halavais.

His perfect day would be spent with his wife and two children, and would include a trip to the movies, a great meal, a curvy drive in a fast car, and a cold margarita on a warm beach with a nice breeze and a good book. His dream is to someday start a school for misfits and misfitting.

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