Sophie Mützel

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Sophie Mützel is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology, University of Lucerne, Switzerland. She teaches on the sociology of algorithms, big data and social media, as well as on metrics in journalism and the digital economy within the study program on “media and networks”. Her research interests lie in the areas of big data and its analytics, in particular text analytics and network analysis, as well as economic and cultural sociology. She recently finished a book manuscript on “Markets from stories” and is currently working on digital payments.

Sophie studied Political Science at UC Berkeley (BA), Sociology at Cornell University (MA), and finished her PhD in Sociology at Columbia University. After completing her PhD, she held a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute, Italy; afterwards she taught and conducted research at Humboldt-University Berlin and at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. She has been a research fellow at Harvard and held a guest professorship at the University of Vienna.

Sophie co-organized the NRP75 funded workshop on Women in Big Data, held in Zurich, June 14 and 15, 2018. She is also member of the executive committee for the NRP 75 task force on ethical, legal, and social issues.