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Shagun Jhaver

Faculty Member

Shagun Jhaver’s work lies at the intersection of Social Computing, Human-Computer Interaction and Data Science. His research builds a foundation for designing fair and efficient content moderation systems on digital platforms. Before joining Rutgers, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Washington and an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech where he was supervised by Prof. Amy Bruckman and Prof. Eric Gilbert.

The main goals in these lines of research are to develop a holistic understanding of platform governance and design solutions that make the Internet safer and fairer.

Jhaver’s research examines the governance mechanisms of internet platforms to understand how their design, technical affordances, and policies affect public discourse. He uses a mixed methods approach, combining system building, causal inference of community data, surveys, and qualitative interviews to explore how platforms can address societal issues such as online harassment, radicalization, and the rise of hate groups.