My research interests are in the area of computational journalism and public opinion, in particular in media influence on public opinion. The research I do is highly interdisciplinary, which only can be achieved by combining theoretical foundations, computational methods, and massive computing capability -- experiences I have built upon.

Before moving to QCRI in May 2014, I received my PhD in Computer Science from a Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. My Ph.D. dissertation was on news sharing in social media, in particular, I have focused on media influence and its political bias which are known to bring negative individual and societal effects. For my study, I was an honorable recipient of Google European Scholarship in Social Computing. In addition, I have been fortunate to have opportunities to collaborate with pioneers in the field of social media analysis (e.g., MPI-SWS (Germany), KAIST (South Korea), PARC (USA), and Yahoo! Barcelona (Spain)). Before joining Cambridge, Jisun completed BS and MS in Computer Science and Engineering with a concentration in Social Computing at Korea Advanced Institutes of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2007 and 2009, respectively.


  • May 2016

    I’m organizing the first international workshop on NEws and publiC Opinion (NECO 2016), co-located with ICWSM 2016!

  • October 2015

    Presented at C+J 2015

  • October 2014

    Our work on global news coverage of disasters is featured on MIT Technology Review

  • May 2014

    Moved to Doha. Start working at QCRI, HBKU


I am open for collaborations!
Drop me an email if you are interested in the area of news and social media research.

Jisun An
Scientist at Social Computing Team,
Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University