Rebekah Larsen is a media sociologist, holding a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on understudied media environments, especially at the intersection of rurality, religion, and radio. Her current work is centered on the Utah media ecosystem as a case study—mapping actors, networks, technologies, digital identities, and cultural/ideological influences.
From 2021 - 2023, Rebekah was a postdoctoral fellow on an international, interdisciplinary team of journalism scholars, working to understand how newsrooms approach misinformation around elections. She was also a postdoctoral associate and lecturer at MIT’s Comparative Media Studies department, teaching and researching through August 2023. Publications and presentations from her postdoctoral work have variously addressed leaked personal data from platform whistleblowers; tradeoffs in platform-journalist partnerships; and changes in the growing fact-checking field around publics and technologies.
Beginning in September 2023, in addition to the Visiting Fellowship at the ISP, she will be a Fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. She was also recently awarded a fellowship grant through the EU's Marie Curie programme, which she will take up at the University of Copenhagen beginning summer 2024.
You can read more about her work, past and present, on her website.