Joan Donovan

Media Manipulation Research Lead

Data & Society

Joan Donovan is the Media Manipulation Research Lead at Data and Society Research Institute, where she researches how the internet became a political tool. She received her PhD in Sociology and Science Studies at University of California San Diego, where she studied activist communication networks. After UCSD, she went to UCLA for a Post-Doc at the Institute for Society and Genetics, where she studied white nationalists use of science and DNA ancestry tests in the search for racial purity.