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Libby Hemphill

Libby Hemphill

Associate Professor of Information, School of Information, Research Associate Professor, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research and Associate Professor of the Digital Studies Institute, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Email: Phone: 734/763-2285
Office: School of Information/3360 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)


Areas of interest

Social media, civic engagement, automated moderation techniques, fan studies, political communication, digital curation and data stewardship


A.B. in General Studies in the Humanities, The University of Chicago

M.S. in Information, The University of Michigan

Ph.D. in Information, The University of Michigan


"Commentary in VentureBeat, Associate professor Libby Hemphill, 'To truly target hate speech, moderation must extend beyond civility.'" Portrait photo of Libby Hemphill.
Hemphill: Effective hate speech moderating must go beyond civility

Libby Hemphill argues that effective platform moderation must move past profanity filters if big tech companies want to combat hate speech. Her research could help make that possible. 

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Headshot of Libby Hemphill. "Published by Anti-Defamation League, Libby Hemphill, Associate Professor, 'Very Fine People: What Social Media Platforms Miss About White Supremacist Speech," UMSI logo.
Hate speech in social media: How platforms can do better

Libby Hemphill uncovers social media platforms’ shortcomings when it comes to white supremacist speech and recommends ways to improve automated hate speech identification methods.

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