J. Nathan Matias     MIT Media Lab

I am a computational social scientist who works with millions of people in citizen behavioral science toward a fairer, safer, more understanding internet. I advance this work through CivilServant and as a postdoc at Princeton University departments of Psychology, Sociology, and Center for Information Technology Policy.

Note: the projects on this website were last updated in 2013. Please follow the links below for more up-to-date information:

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Positions & Orgs

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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton Psychology, Sociology, and Center for IT Policy

Founder, CivilServant

2017: PhDMIT Media Lab with Ethan Zuckerman

2016-2017: Affiliate, Berkman-Klein Center, Harvard

Association for Computing Machinery (publications)

2013-2016: Fellow, Berkman-Klein Center, Harvard

2014-2015: Fellow, DERP Institute

2015: PhD Intern, Microsoft Research Social Media Collective

2012-2014: @1book140, The Atlantic's Twitter Book Club

2013: Research Intern, Microsoft Research Fuse Labs

2012-13: Fellow, Royal Society of Arts

2006-08 Davies-Jackson Scholar

B.A., M.A. Cambridge University

B.A. Elizabethtown College


SwiftKey: Predictive Text

Swift-Speare, Statistical Poetry

Dressipi: Fashion Fingerprint

Emberlight: Visual Notes Online

Scaling for kgb's Super Bowl Ad

kgb Web Application Integration

Etown.edu Information Architecture

Harbour Coffee Online Sales

Etown College Admissions App

Etown Workstation Dashboard

Academic (selected)

Matias, J. Nathan. Sarah Szalavitz, and Ethan Zuckerman. FollowBias: Supporting Behavior Change toward Gender Equality by Networked Gatekeepers on Social Media.. CSCW 2017. ACM Press (see video)

Matias, J. Nathan. (2016) Going Dark: Social Factors In Collective Action Against On- line Platforms in the reddit Blackout. CHI 2016. ACM Press. Best Paper Honorable Mention

Matias, J. Nathan, Sayamindu Dasgupta, and Benjamin Mako Hill. (2016) Skill Progression in Scratch Revisited. Proceedings of the Conference on Computer Human Interaction (CHI). ACM Press.

Spiro, E. S., Matias, J. N., & Monroy-Hernandez, A. (2016) Networks of Gratitude: Structures of Thanks and User Expectations in Workplace Appreciation Systems. Proceedings of the Tenth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM).

Matias, J. Nathan and Hannah Wallach. (2016) Working Paper: Modeling Gender Discrimination by Online News Audiences. Computation + Journalism Symposium, Columbia University.

Matias, J. N Nathan, Amy Johnson, Whitney Erin Boesel, Brian Keegan, Jaclyn Freedman, and Charles DeTar. (2015). Reporting, reviewing, and responding to harassment on Twitter. Double-blind peer review committee chaired by Zeynep Tufekci.

Matias, J.N.; Agapie, E; D'Ignazio, C. Graeff, E. Challenges for Personal Behavior Change Research on Information Diversity. CHI 2014 Position Paper, Personalized Behavior Change Workshop

Matias, J.N. Monroy-Hernandez, A. NewsPad: Designing for Collaborative Storytelling in Neighborhoods (CHI 2014 WIP)

Comparing Spatial Hypertext Collections

Web Art Science Camp 2010

Ethics of Software Documentation

Tragedy in Electronic Literature

CoDE Institute

Philadelphia Fullerine (research)

Truth, Trust, and the Textual Camera

Normative Decision-making Model