Dr. Candice Lanius

Assistant professor, Communication Arts Department

Biography

Dr. Candice Lanius is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Arts Department at UAH. She earned her PhD from the Department of Communication & Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY). Her dissertation, “Arguments in Big Social Data Analysis: Uncovering the Hidden Rhetoric of Sociological Data Science,” addresses the subjective, interpretive moments embedded in the research design of data science projects that use social media data sets to answer sociological questions. For example, Twitter data is currently used by data scientists to predict the stock market, flu outbreaks, traffic jams, and even who you are likely to fall in love with. However, not all of these predictions are accurate or helpful. By understanding the subjective elements within an objective research domain, Dr. Lanius provides pathways to improve the insights produced by big social data.

Generally speaking, Dr. Lanius studies how communities adapt to modern information-communication technologies. Her work is situated in the fields of big data theory, digital rhetoric, and argumentation theory. She is co-chair of the Ethics and Social Aspects of Data Sharing interest group of the Research Data Alliance, and she enjoys teaching User Experience Design, Public Speaking, and Public Relations courses at UAH.

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Dr. Candice Lanius Complete CV.

Generally speaking, Ms. Lanius studies how communities adapt to modern information-communication technologies. Her work is situated in the fields of big data theory, digital rhetoric, and argumentation theory. She is co-chair of the Ethics and Social Aspects of Data Sharing Interest Group of the Research Data Alliance, and she enjoys teaching User Experience Design, Public Speaking, and Public Relations courses at UAH.


Education

  • Ph.D., Communication and Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, May 2017
  • Graduate Certificate in Human-Computer Interaction, 2015
  • M.S., Communication and Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2014
  • B.A., Anthropology and Statistics, The George Washington University, 2012

Classes Taught


Affiliations

  • National Communication Association
  • Research Data Alliance
  • Rhetoric Society of America

Publications

  • Lanius, C. (2017). Telling the Quants from the Quacks: Evaluating Statistical Arguments in Debates Online. In Establishing and Evaluating Digital Ethos and Online Credibility (pp. 1-21). IGI Global.
  • Lanius, C. (2016, August). Arguments and interpretation in big social data analysis: A survey of the ASONAM community. In Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), 2016 IEEE/ACM International Conference on (pp. 1364-1367). IEEE.