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Dr. Megan Stubbs-Richardson is an Assistant Research Professor at the Social Science Research Center. She directs the Data Science for Social Sciences Laboratory at the SSRC and is leading one of the missions of the laboratory to identify victimization patterns via social media analytics. Megan has been a PI or Co-PI on projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and the Department of Defense (DoD). She has conducted social media data analyses at the SSRC since 2012. In her research, she uses open source data to identify crime patterns and trends for gender-based violence and crime prevention techniques. She is currently leading a team to build an open-source data visualization tool for the COVID-19 Online Prevalence of Emotions in Institutions Database (COPE-ID). Using COPE-ID, she is also conducting research studies on COVID-19 misinformation alongside identifying emotions expressed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for NSF funded projects. In early 2024, Megan and colleagues additionally released the open-source Artificial Intelligence Applications for Social Science Research database, which includes 250 AI tools that can be used for literature reviews, data collection or analyses, and research dissemination.


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