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Research Assistant, Archivist, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

Research Assistant, Archivist, Global Media Manipulation Case Book (GMMCB)

10 hours a week (compensation $15 an hour)

Length of appointment: fall 2019 (with possible renewal)



The Technology and Social Change Research Project, a project at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard Kennedy School, is seeking a Research Assistant, Archivist, with an interest in social justice, digital media and online movement building, and politics and information integrity to support the collection and curation of case studies for the Global Media Manipulation Case Book (GMMCB). This archival work will be foundational to the architecture of the GMMCB.



This position is ideal for a student interested in library, information, and or archival studies.



This position is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.



  • sorting through an archive of Google alert emails 
  • creating and curating a master pull list of media manipulation cases
  • reviewing an archive of emails to identify relevant information
  • sorting of information and assigning priorities based on criteria
  • assisting with the development of archival practices and tools
  • monitoring of online media channels for additional info and cases



  • good archival skills
  • familiar with memes and internet culture
  • inquisitive and resilient
  • Interest in online movements


Basic qualifications:                                                                                                                      

MLIS, or similar degree, in progress


The Technology and Social Change (TaSC) Research Project

Led by Dr. Joan Donovan (bio), the TaSC project aims to understand how media manipulation is a means to control public conversation, derail democracy, and disrupt society. The project conducts research, develops tools, and facilitates workshops for journalists, policy makers, technologists, and civil society organizations on how to detect, document, and debunk media manipulation campaigns. 

To apply please email:

Subject heading: [research assistant application - archivist]

Please send a cover letter, resume, and one example of relevant work

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