Stanford University, Department of Communication

PhD Candidate in Communication Theory and Research, September 2018 – present

University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute

MSc in the Social Science of the Internet, graduated November 2016

Columbia University, Columbia College

BA in Film Studies, graduated May 2011


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life

Graduate Affiliate, September 2020 present

Lightspark Foundation, Impact Guild

Impact Guild Fellow for Social Good, 2020

Stanford University, Stanford Graduate Fellowship

Gerhard Casper Fellow, September 2018 – present

Data & Society Research Institute

Research Affiliate, September 2018 – present


2021, March 15. Christin, Angèle and Rebecca Lewis. “The Drama of Metrics: Status, Spectacle, and Resistance Among YouTube Drama Creators.” Social Media + Society.

2021, February 3. Lewis, Rebecca, Alice Marwick, and William Partin.“‘We dissect stupidity and respond to it’: Response videos and networked harassment on YouTube.” American Behavioral Scientist.

2019, October 17. Lewis, Rebecca. “‘This is what the news won’t show you’: YouTube creators and the reactionary politics of micro-celebrity.” Television and New Media.


2020, May 20-26. Lewis, Rebecca, Alice Marwick, and William Partin. “‘We dissect stupidity and respond to it’: Response videos and networked harassment.” International Communication Association, Virtual Conference.

2019, October 3. Lewis, Rebecca, and Leon Yin. “Far-Right YouTube and Search Engine Optimization: Manipulations in ‘Ranking Cultures.’” Association of Internet Researchers, Brisbane, Australia.

2019, September 7. Lewis, Rebecca. “Performed Persona Scams: Deceptive Personal Branding and Shifting Concepts of Fraud on Social Media Platforms.” Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, New Orleans, LA.

2019, August 13. Friedberg, Brian, and Rebecca Lewis. “Parallel Ports: Sociotechnical Change from the ‘Alt-right’ to Alt-tech.” American Sociology Association. New York City, NY.

2019, May 28. Davison, Patrick, Rebecca Lewis, and Alice Marwick. “‘You Are the Meme Militia’: How Alt-Right Digital Media Perpetuates White Supremacy.” International Communication Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

2019, March 15. Lewis, Rebecca. “Celebrity, Fandom, and the Source Credibility of Political Influencers.” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts.

2018, August 10. Lewis, Rebecca. “Candidates of Instagram: Political Image-Building and the Co-optation of Micro-Celebrity Online.” American Sociology Association Media Preconference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Data & Society, New York, New York

Full-time Researcher, February 2017 – August 2018

Media Manipulation Project

University of Oxford, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Research Assistant, October 2015 – January 2016

Online News and Digital Intermediaries Project