Brooke Foucault Welles, PhD

Associate Professor of Communications Studies at
Northeastern University

Ph. D., Communication Studies, Northwestern University (2012)

M.S., Communication,  Cornell University (2003)

B.S., Communication, Cornell University (2001)

Brooke Foucault Welles is an Associate Professor in the department of Communication Studies and core faculty of the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University. Combining the methods of network science with theories from the social sciences, Foucault Welles studies how online communication networks enable and constrain behavior, with particular emphasis on how these networks facilitate the pursuit of individual, team, and collective goals. Much of her work is interdisciplinary and collaborative, with co-authors from computer science, political science, digital humanities, design, and public health. Her recent contributions include a series of studies of the transformative power of networked counterpublicstechniques for the longitudinal analysis of communication networks using event-based network analysis, and guidelines for the effective use of network visualizations in scientific and lay publications. Her work is funded by grants from the US Army Research Office and US Army Research Lab, and has been featured in leading social science journals such as the Journal of CommunicationInformation, Communication and Societyand The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Web Science and was part of the team that developed the Network Literacy Essential Concepts and Core Ideas.

Dr. Foucault Welles received the Northeastern University Excellence in Teaching award in 2017. She teaches classes in social science research methods, children and media, and social network analysis. Dr. Foucault Welles holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Northwestern University. .