Taina Bucher

I’m a media researcher, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I work as an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Communication and Computing, University of Copenhagen. I teach in the Communication and IT programme, which blends critical media theory with programming skills and design research, a great combo. My research focuses on social media, and the power of algorithms in everyday life, at the intersection of software studies, STS and new media theory.

Currently (spring 2015) I’m in New York City as a visting scholar at The New School.

I got my PhD in media studies from the University of Oslo in the Department of Media and Communiaction, in 2012. Before moving to Copenhagen, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Previously, I have been a visting scholar at the Department of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University, and a visiting researcher at the Infoscape Research Lab, Ryerson University.

My PhD dissertation entitled Programmed Sociality: A Software Studies Perspective on Social Networking Sites concerns the ways in which social media platforms have become central forces in the construction of sociality, developing an understand of how social networking software mediate and govern practices of everyday life. It was awarded the Association of Internet Researchers annual dissertaion award in 2013.

I hold an MSc in Culture & Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA in Culture and Communication from the University of Oslo and Art History from Lund University. Before proceeding with PhD studies, I worked as a research assistant in the Digital Media Group at the National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO).