Christopher Barrie

I am a political sociologist specializing in the study of protest, conflict, and communication. My regional specialism is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). My research uses a variety of qualitative, quantitative, and computational methods.

I am particularly interested in advancing the use of use digital trace, news, and communications data to study populations that have traditionally been hard-to-reach in the empirical social sciences.

POSITIONS

Lecturer in Computational Sociology @ University of Edinburgh

Jan 2021 - Present

I teach at the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. I also help organize the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (Oxford and London) and am responsible for developing a new Social Data Science programme at Edinburgh.

TEACHING & MATERIALS

“Researching Digital Life." Co-convener. University of Edinburgh. 2021. materials.
“Computational Text Analysis Micro-Methods Workshop." Convener. University of Edinburgh. 2021. materials.

“Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS).” Co-organizer, University of Oxford. 2021. information. materials

“Quantitative Research Methods.” MSc core course. Convener, University of Oxford. 2019, 2020, 2021. materials.

[with Arun Frey] "Using Twitter for Social Science Research." Oxford Spring School. 2021. materials.

SOFTWARE

[with Justin Chun-ting Ho] "academictwitteR: Access the Twitter Academic Research Product Track V2 API Endpoint. R package v0.1.0." github. CRAN.

PUBLICATIONS

o   "The contentious politics of nationalism and the anti-naturalization campaign in Tunisia, 1932-1933." Nations and Nationalism. 2017. 23(4):707-725. link. pdf.

o   [with Neil Ketchley] "Opportunity without Organization: Labour Mobilization in Egypt after the 25th January Revolution." Mobilization. 2018. 23(2):181-202. link. pdf.

o   [with Neil Ketchley] "Fridays of Revolution: Focal Days and Mass Protest in Egypt and Tunisia." Political Research Quarterly. 2019. 73(2):308-324. link. pdf. replication materials.

o   [with Michael Biggs and Kenneth T. Andrews] "Did Local Civil Rights Protest Liberalize Whites’ Racial Attitudes?" Research & Politics. 2020. link. pdf. replication materials.

o   "Searching Racism after George Floyd" Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. 2020. link. pdf. replication materials.

o   [with Alexandra A. Siegel] "Kingdom of Trolls? Influence Operations in the Saudi Twittersphere." Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media. 1(1):1-41. 2021. link. pdf. replication materials.

o   [with Justin Chun-ting Ho] "academictwitteR: an R package to access the Twitter Academic Research Product Track v2 API endpoint." Journal of Open Source Software. 6(62):3272. 2021. link. pdf. software archive.

o  "Political sociology in a time of protest." Current Sociology. 2021. link. pdf. replication materials.

ABOUT

Address

School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9LD
United Kingdom