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Roberta Bracciale, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Media Sociology at the University of Pisa (Italy), Department of Political Science, where she is also the director of MediaLaB|Big Data in Social and Political Research Lab and Co-Chief Information Officer of Pisa University.

At the University of Pisa, she teaches Sociology of New Media in several master’s degree programmes (Business Communication and Human Resource Management, Digital Humanities, Sociology) and Sociology of Communication in the bachelor’s degree programme in Political Science.  She also teaches Communication Theories in the master’s degree programme in Naval Sciences at the Italian Naval Academy (Livorno).

She is Research Associate at the Institute of Informatics and Telematics (IIT) at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Pisa, and Research Associate at DeVisu Laboratory, Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France (Valenciennes).

She sits on the national programme committee of the PhD in Artificial Intelligence and on the board of directors of AssoComPol (Italian Association of Political Communication).

Her current research interests focus on the relations between communication, social sciences, new media, and social networks using Big Data analysis with a multidisciplinary approach. Her fields of interest include the social impact of digital media, political communication, online information disorders, and the memefication of politics.

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