PhD. Cornell University, 2020
Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Office: Davison Hall
Thomas Davidson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University in 2020. His research interests include political sociology, social movements, and the sociology of culture. Much of his research uses digital trace data from social media and other websites in combination with statistical analysis and computational methods including natural language processing and machine-learning.
He is currently working on several projects related to political discussion on social media. In one of these projects he uses novel data on the Facebook pages of political parties across Europe to study the relationship between social media and electoral outcomes, in particular the extent to which radical right populists disproportionately benefit from these platforms. In addition to his work in political sociology, he is interested in using digital trace data to study online communities and careers in creative industries. In a current project he is examining the multiplex relations between musicians and what they reveal about the evolution of musical genres.