J.J. Sylvia IV

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Communications Media School of Arts and Sciences
J.J. Sylvia IV
978.665.3418 Office: CNIC 335
Office Hours
Spring 2021

ONLINE
Monday 1 - 2:30 PM
Thursday 1 - 2:30 PM

Schedule on google calendar at http://bit.ly/SylviaOffice or email Dr. Sylvia directly to schedule.

Website

Courses Taught

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies (COMM 1105)
Human Communication (COMM 4200)
Seminar in Communication Theory (COMM 4205)
Communications Law and Ethics (COMM 4230)
Communication Ethics (COMM 7005)
Quantitative Research Methods (COMM 9024)
Game Studies Seminar (GAME 4000)
Data and Analytics (COMM 9025)
Capstone for Social Media (COMM 9970)
Current Events & Service Learning (HON 1020)
Media Criticism (COMM 4240)
Rhetoric in Greece (COMM 4008)
Media & Society (COMM 4206)

Background

Ph.D., North Carolina State University (Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media)
M.A., The University of Southern Mississippi (Philosophy)
B.A., Mississippi State University (Communication, Philosophy)

Dr. Sylvia is collaborating with a team of faculty members and graduate students on a project that explores how people are accessing and assessing the credibility of news during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, the team is collecting data about the role that social media plays in shaping the public's understanding of the virus.

Dr. Sylvia is also working with a number of faculty across campus to write grants that support the development of a new Digital Humanities curriculum for Fitchburg State University. Once developed, this curriculum will offer new opportunities for undergraduate students to work on digital research projects both in the classroom and in the wider community.

Additionally, he has also been researching and writing about the history of the social media platform LiveJournal, with a particular emphasis on the decline of the platform in the U.S. as its popularity increased in Russia. He is developing several journal articles about this topic, including one that assesses the role LiveJournal played in the rise of Russian disinformation tactics. 

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2020. “The Biopolitics of Social Distancing.” in Social Media + Society 2k Special IssueVol. 6, Issue 3. 

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2019. “From Archaeology to Genealogy: Adding Politics and Processes of  Subjectivation.” communication +1. Vol. 7, Issue 2, Article 3.

Sylvia IV, J.J. and Kyle Moody. 2019. “False Information Narratives:The IRA’s 2016 Presidential Election Facebook Campaign.” In Chiluwa, Innocent and Sergei Samoilenko (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Deception, Fake News and  Misinformation Online. 

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2019. “p5.js in the Media Studies Classroom.” In Sarachan, Jeremy (Ed.), Coding Pedagogy digital collection. 

Sylvia IV, J.J. 2018. “Code/Art Approaches to Data Visualization” in levenberg, lewis;
Rheams, David; and Neilson, Tai (Eds.), Research Methods for the Digital Humanities.

Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Member
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
Society of Philosophers in America (SOPHIA)
Society for the Philosophy of Information (SPI) 

New England Philosophy of Education Society Member (NEPES)