Brooke Foucault Welles

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Brooke Foucault Welles
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  • Ph.D in Communication from Northwestern University
  • M.A. from Cornell University
Alma materNortheastern University.
  • Network Scientist
  • Associate Professor

Brooke Foucault Welles is a Network Scientist and Associate Professor at Northeastern University. She is the director of Northeastern's Communication Media and Marginalization Lab and core faculty of the Network Science Institute. She holds a Ph.D in Communication from Northwestern University as well as an M.A. from Cornell University in the same field. Her primary focus of study is online communication networks and their affects on behavior. She co-authored #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice, which studies the use of Twitter by marginalized groups. In her research, Dr. Foucault-Welles uses large-scale network analysis and close readings of social media texts to study the advancement of counter-narratives. Relevant articles by Dr. Foucault-Welles include "Social media use and adaptation among Chinese students beginning to study in the United States"[1] and "Hijacking #myNYPD: Social media dissent and networked counterpublics"[2]. In the former, the impact of Social Networking Sites on the construction of social networks among international students studying in the U.S. is the primary focus. In "Hijacking #myNYPD", Dr. Foucault-Welles and Dr. Sarah Jackson use large-scale network analysis and qualitative discourse analysis to examine the use of #myNYPD on twitter following the announcement of a PR campaign by the New York City Police Department in 2014[3].

Dr. Foucault Welles has received the Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching award, the CAMD Excellence in Research and Creative Activity, and the International Communication Association’s award for Applied/Public Policy Research.


  1. Forbush, Eric; Foucault-Welles, Brooke (2016-01-01). "Social media use and adaptation among Chinese students beginning to study in the United States". International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 50: 1–12. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2015.10.007. ISSN 0147-1767.
  2. Jackson, Sarah J.; Foucault Welles, Brooke (2015-12-01). "Hijacking #MYNYPD: Social Media Dissent and Networked Counterpublics". Journal of Communication. 65 (6): 932–952. doi:10.1111/jcom.12185. ISSN 0021-9916.
  3. "NYPD Social Media Outreach Backfires When Twitter Answers #myNYPD Campaign". NBC New York. Retrieved 2020-12-07.

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