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Robert W. Gehl

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Department of Communication & Media Studies

Associate Professor
Ontario Research Chair in Digital Governance for Social Justice

Email: rwg@yorku.ca
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Dr. Robert W. Gehl is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at York University and Ontario Research Chair in Digital Governance for Social Justice.

He is a Fulbright scholar and award-winning author whose research focuses on contemporary communication technologies. Before joining York University as an Ontario Research Chair of Digital Governance for Social Justice, he held an endowed research chair at Louisiana Tech.

He has published over two dozen articles in journals such as New Media & Society, Communication Theory, Social Media + Society, and Media, Culture and Society. His books include Reverse Engineering Social Media, Weaving the Dark Web and Social Engineering, published in 2022 by MIT Press. He also has published a co-edited collection of essays, Socialbots and Their Friends.

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Degrees

Ph.D., Cultural Studies (George Mason University)
M.A., English (Western Michigan University)
B.S., English (Central Michigan University)

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Media , Culture and Cultural Studies, alternative social media, software studies, social cybersecurity
  • Nancy Baym Book Award by Association of Internet Researchers -

Current Research Projects

Ethical Alternative Social Media studies

    Summary:

    This project engages with activists building ethical alternative social media, social media that are more democratically run that their corporate counterparts.

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Books

Publication
Year

Gehl, Robert W., and Sean T. Lawson. 2022. Social Engineering: How Crowdmasters, Phreaks, Hackers, and Trolls Create a New Form of Manipulative Communication. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2022

Gehl, Robert W. 2018. Weaving the Dark Web: Legitimacy on Freenet, Tor, and I2P. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2018

Gehl, Robert W, and Maria Bakardjieva. 2017. Socialbots and Their Friends: Digital Media and the Automation of Sociality. New York: Routledge.

2016

Gehl, Robert W. 2014. Reverse Engineering Social Media: Software, Culture, and Political Economy in New Media Capitalism. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

2014

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Gehl, Robert W. 2021. “Dark Web Advertising: The Dark Magic System on Tor Hidden Service Search Engines.” Continuum, October, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2021.1983251.

2021

Gorissen, Sebastiaan, and Robert W. Gehl. 2021. “When Wikipedia Met Tor: Trials of Legitimacy at a Key Moment in Internet History.” Internet Histories 0 (0): 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/24701475.2021.2015967.

2021



Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2023 AP/COMN3900 3.0 M Themes in Communication Studies SEMR
Winter 2023 AP/COMN3221 3.0 M Communicating Social Movements SEMR


Dr. Robert W. Gehl is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at York University and Ontario Research Chair in Digital Governance for Social Justice.

He is a Fulbright scholar and award-winning author whose research focuses on contemporary communication technologies. Before joining York University as an Ontario Research Chair of Digital Governance for Social Justice, he held an endowed research chair at Louisiana Tech.

He has published over two dozen articles in journals such as New Media & Society, Communication Theory, Social Media + Society, and Media, Culture and Society. His books include Reverse Engineering Social Media, Weaving the Dark Web and Social Engineering, published in 2022 by MIT Press. He also has published a co-edited collection of essays, Socialbots and Their Friends.

Degrees

Ph.D., Cultural Studies (George Mason University)
M.A., English (Western Michigan University)
B.S., English (Central Michigan University)

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Media , Culture and Cultural Studies, alternative social media, software studies, social cybersecurity

Awards

  • Nancy Baym Book Award by Association of Internet Researchers -

Current Research Projects

Ethical Alternative Social Media studies

    Summary:

    This project engages with activists building ethical alternative social media, social media that are more democratically run that their corporate counterparts.

All Publications


Books

Publication
Year

Gehl, Robert W., and Sean T. Lawson. 2022. Social Engineering: How Crowdmasters, Phreaks, Hackers, and Trolls Create a New Form of Manipulative Communication. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2022

Gehl, Robert W. 2018. Weaving the Dark Web: Legitimacy on Freenet, Tor, and I2P. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2018

Gehl, Robert W, and Maria Bakardjieva. 2017. Socialbots and Their Friends: Digital Media and the Automation of Sociality. New York: Routledge.

2016

Gehl, Robert W. 2014. Reverse Engineering Social Media: Software, Culture, and Political Economy in New Media Capitalism. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

2014

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Gehl, Robert W. 2021. “Dark Web Advertising: The Dark Magic System on Tor Hidden Service Search Engines.” Continuum, October, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2021.1983251.

2021

Gorissen, Sebastiaan, and Robert W. Gehl. 2021. “When Wikipedia Met Tor: Trials of Legitimacy at a Key Moment in Internet History.” Internet Histories 0 (0): 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/24701475.2021.2015967.

2021



Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2023 AP/COMN3900 3.0 M Themes in Communication Studies SEMR
Winter 2023 AP/COMN3221 3.0 M Communicating Social Movements SEMR