Bernie Hogan (PhD Toronto, 2009) is a Senior Research Fellow at the OII and Research Associate at the Department of Sociology. With training in sociology and computer science, Hogan focuses on how social networks and social media can be designed to empower people to build stronger relationships and stronger communities.

Hogan’s theoretical work was among the first to identify the role of the social media platform as curator and to distinguish certain social media as the ‘real name web’. His practical work has shown how network visualizations can reveal new information to individuals from their social media data. He believes that the way networked information comes us in feeds is akin to being given a route through social space. This might get us where we want to go, but to truly empower people we need to see the map, not only the route along the way.

Hogan’s innovations in social network analysis began with his work at NetLab at the University of Toronto. With Barry Wellman and fellow graduate students, he introduced participant-aided sociograms as a means to capture social networks with pen and paper. He subsequently applied this to social media, and especially Facebook with the introduction of NameGenWeb, a Facebook network visualizer (with Joshua Melville). The second generation of this visualizer, CollegeConnect, was empirically shown to help high school students reveal social resources in their networks. Most recently, with Melville and collaborators at the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University, he has been working on Network Canvas. This software makes the collection of self-reported network data accessible to non-technical researchers.

Hogan has published in a wide variety of venues, from peer-reviewed papers in sociology journals (such as Social Networks, City and Community, Bulletin of Science Technology and Society, and Field Methods), in computer science proceedings (such as CHI, ICWSM, and CSCW) and related disciplines, particularly geography (with papers in Environment and Planning B, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie) and communication (with papers in New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, International Journal of Communication, and Information, Communication and Society). This is in addition to many chapters in books, grey literature reports and public opinion pieces. He is on the editorial boards of Social Media + Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and Social Networks.

Public dissemination of research is a core part of Hogan’s work. With colleagues, he has worked with UK therapy organizations, Tavistock and Relate to produce guidelines on internet infidelity for patients and practitioners. He has also published related work in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. He has been featured on BBC 1 morning and Newsnight, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Vice and NBC in America. He is routinely featured on BBC 4 radio including as a mentor in Radio 4’s So You Want to Be a Scientist. He has given keynotes at conferences in France, UK, Switzerland and Japan.

As an academic Hogan is keen on service to the University and the wider academic community. He has run small academic seminars on Internet and Relationships at the OII as well as hosting the International Conference on Web and Social Media at Oxford in 2015. He was previously program chair for ICWSM in 2013 and 2014 and is currently a member of the ICWSM steering committee.

Many of Hogan’s papers can be found at his ssrn page and registered on his Google scholar. His ORCID is here. He is currently accepting graduate students on his active interests of names and naming practices, egocentric social networks, network visualizations, politics of social media and social identity, especially identity issues relating to gender and sexual minorities.

Positions held at the OII

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

Students supervised at the OII

Past students


Past projects


Conference papers

  • HOGAN, B.E.R.N.A.R.D. and LaViolette, J. (2019) "Using Platform Signals for Distinguishing Discourses: The Case of Men’s Rights and Men’s Liberation on Reddit", Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media. International Conference on Web and Social Media, Munich, Germany, 12 – 14 June 2019. Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. 13 (1) 323-334.
  • 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. ACM Digital Library. 887-899.
  • Polonski, V.W. and Hogan, B. (2015) "Assessing the structural correlates between friendship networks and conversational agency in Facebook groups", Proceedings of the Ninth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media,. Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. 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" In: Microsoft Technical Reports. Microsoft.


  • Fundamentals of Social Data Science in Python

    This course is a four week intensive primer to get people up to speed on programming in the Python programming language for use with data science.

  • Interpreting 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 students with a variety of techniques for cleaning and shaping data.


  • The good, the Bad, and the Ugly Data

    Recorded: 13 May 2020

    Duration: 00:58:39

    Dr Bernie Hogan and Dr Adam Mahdi discuss 'The good, the Bad, and the Ugly Data: Opportunities and Challenges for Data Science and Contact Tracing on SARS-CoV-2'

  • Dr Bernie Hogan explains why we’re supporting Get Online Week 2019

    Recorded: 18 October 2019

    Duration: 01:59:00

    We're delighted to be supporting Get Online Week 2019, talking to academic Dr Bernie Hogan about why more people should get connected.

  • 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?





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