Dr Bernie Hogan

Bernie Hogan has interests in social networks, human-computer interaction, methodology (eg reliable capture of online networks, and networks in interviews), social informatics, quantitative analysis, everyday life, and social accessibility.

Email: bernie.hogan@oii.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1865 287198

Bernie’s research interests lie at the intersection of social networks and media convergence. That is, what medium do people use with their ties, and when? With new media, individuals simultaneously have more convenience but also more complexity, expenses and social pressure to adopt. Some individuals thrive in this new media ecology, while others feel it has isolated them. Within this framework, Bernie examines the eroding home-work boundary, the digital self, and the shift from public spaces to cyberpublics.

He is also working on a number of methodological issues, including reliable capture of online networks, efficient strategies for capturing networks in interviews, social science software development and the application of audit studies to online housing and job markets.

Bernie Hogan completed his BA(hons) at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada, where he received the University Medal in Sociology. Since then he has been working on Internet use and social networks at the University of Toronto under social network analysis pioneer Barry Wellman.

Bernie received his Masters of Arts at Toronto in 2003, and defended his PhD Dissertation in the Fall of 2008. His dissertation examines how the use of ICTs alters the way people maintain their relationships in everyday life. In 2005 he was an intern at Microsoft’s Community Technologies Lab, working with Danyel Fisher on new models for email management.

Areas of Interest for Doctoral Supervision

Behaviour, big data, ethics, social networks, social network analysis, social media, virtual communities

Research interests

social networks, human-computer interaction, methodology, social informatics, mixed methods, everyday life, social accessibility

Positions held at the OII

  • Senior Research Fellow, May 2017 –
  • Research Fellow, October 2008 – May 2017

Students supervised at the OII

Current students

Latest blog posts

Current projects

Past projects

  • College Connect

    Participants: Dr Bernie Hogan, Joshua Melville, Dr Nicole Ellison, Dr Christine Greenhow

    College Connect is webpage that visualizes social networks automatically from Facebook and puts them to work for the user. The target market of the application is prospective college students as well as those just entering college or university.

  • Knowledge Exchange Networks: A Case Study in the Efficacy of Interactive Visualization

    Participants: Dr Bernie Hogan, Dr Monica Bulger, Joshua Melville

    Knowledge exchange implies forging, facilitating and fostering social connections. Oxford's Knowledge Exchange Network addresses this need among university staff and external stakeholders. We assist the KE Network through interactive network mapping.

  • Me, My Spouse and the Internet: Meeting, Dating and Marriage in the Digital Age

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Bernie Hogan, Dr Nai Li, Dr Grant Blank, Dr Monica Whitty

    The project uses survey data from Australian and UK couples to look at the significance and impact of the Internet on intimate relationships, including how people use ICTs to meet each other and maintain relationships, and how ICTs affect their behaviour.

  • Who represents the Arab world online? Mapping and measuring local knowledge production and representation in the Middle East and North Africa

    Participants: Dr Bernie Hogan, Professor Mark Graham, Richard Farmbrough, Clarence Singleton, Dr Heather Ford, Dr Ilhem Allagui, Dr Ali Frihida, Ahmed Medhat Mohamed

    Using Wikipedia to explore the participation gap between those who have their say, and those whose voices are pushed to the side, in representations of the Arab world online.

Conference papers

  • Jeon, G., Hogan, B.J., Ellison, N. and Greenhow, C. (2016) "First-Generation Students and College: The Role of Facebook Networks as Information Sources", Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing [CSCW ’16]. 27 February – 2 March 2016.
  • Polonski, V.W. and Hogan, B. (2015) "Assessing the structural correlates between friendship networks and conversational agency in facebook groups", Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2015. 674-677.

Journal articles


  • Graham, M. and Hogan, B.J. (2014) Uneven openness: Barriers to MENA representation on Wikipedia. Oxford: Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
  • Hogan, B.J., Li, N. and Dutton, W.H. (2011) A Global Shift in the Social Relationships of Networked Individuals: Meeting and Dating Online Comes of Age. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
  • Fisher, D., Hogan, B.J., Brush, A.J., Jacobs, A. and Smith, M. (2007) Using Social Sorting to Enhance Email Management. Microsoft Research Technical Report. MSR-TR-2007-19.
  • Hogan, B.J. and Fisher, D. (2006) A Scale for Measuring Email Overload. Microsoft Research Technical Report, MSR-TR-2006-65.
  • Online Social Networks

    An introduction to the analysis of online social networks, providing students with the tools necessary to undertake research on online networks, and to give an overview of the type of questions that these data can answer.

  • Wrangling Data

    This course will familiarize the student with a variety of techniques for cleaning and shaping data.

  • In Conversation with Mark Newman: The Future of Network Science

    Recorded: 17 February 2016

    Duration: 01:28:08

    Mark Newman discusses the emergent interdisciplinary field of network science and some of the current key challenges in the analysis of networks across the social and physical sciences.

  • Cultures of Wikipedia

    Recorded: 15 January 2016

    Duration: 00:10:26

    Presentation on Bernie Hogan's Wikipedia research, on the occasion of Wikipedia's 15th Birthday.

  • Wrangling Data: OII MSc Methods Option Course

    Recorded: 26 July 2015

    Duration: 00:02:42

    This methods option course for the OII MSc in "Social Science of the Internet" will familiarize the student with a variety of techniques for cleaning and shaping data.

  • Online Social Networks: OII MSc Option Course

    Recorded: 12 June 2015

    Duration: 00:01:38

    This option course for the OII MSc in "Social Science of the Internet" introduces social network analysis with particular emphasis on research design, data collection and analysis.

  • Partner Compatibility and Online Dating Sites: Interview with Erina Lee

    Recorded: 10 December 2011

    Duration: 00:04:37

    Erina Lee discusses the importance of similarity between partners in terms of long-term relationship satisfaction. She discusses some compatibility dimensions that have been considered by eHarmony, as well as future directions for research.

  • Scammers on Online Dating Sites: Interview with Monica Whitty

    Recorded: 10 December 2011

    Duration: 00:06:04

    Monica Whitty discusses her recent work on dating scams, which has focused on attempting to identify a typology of victims, recognizing the techniques used by scammers, and also the psychological impact of the scams themselves.

  • Online Social Networks and Everyday Life

    Recorded: 22 November 2010

    Duration: 00:04:06

    Bernie Hogan discusses the main themes of his lecture in the OII's "Society and the Internet" lecture series: how do individuals manage the blurring of public and private boundaries on general social network sites?

  • Relationships and the Internet (Public Panel)

    Recorded: 4 December 2009

    Duration: 01:22:22

    This forum looks at the state of the art of academic research on relationships and the Internet and how this research informs research on the social aspects of the Internet in general, such as issues of trust and identity.