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LocationIthaca, NY, United States
OccupationAssistant Professor, Cornell University. Founder of the Citizens & Technology Lab
EducationMIT, University of Cambridge, Elizabethtown College
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J. Nathan Matias[edit]

As founder of CivilServant and as an academic researcher, I support the public to do citizen behavioral science that discovers the outcomes of ideas for a fairer, safer, more understanding internet. I am currently an assistant professor in the Cornell University Department of Communication. I am also a visiting scholar at the MIT Media Lab. I completed my PhD at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media, was a postdoc at the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy and Paluck Lab from 2017-2019, and was a fellow and affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard in 2017.

In 2015, I organized a project on Meta to create a resource guide to research on online harassment and other content moderation questions. It's due an update, so contact me if you're interested (I can be found at

I am also an active contributor on AcaWiki, where I summarize academic publications for a public audience.

This is my personal account. Starting in 2019, I created the account User:CS natematias for edits that I make as part of research I am conducting with Wikipedians. You can read more about that research at CivilServant's Wikimedia studies.