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Anatoliy Gruzd

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd

Canada Research Chair, Social Media Data Stewardship | Director, Social Media Lab | Associate Professor
DepartmentInformation Technology Management
OfficeTRS 2-071
Phone416-979-5000 x 7937
Areas of ExpertiseSocial Media, Online Communities, Data Stewardship, Online Social Networks, Information Privacy


Anatoliy is a Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship, an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, and the Director of Research at the Social Media Lab. Anatoliy is also a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, a co-editor of a multidisciplinary journal on Big Data and Society, and a co-founder and Chair of the International Conference on Social Media and Society.

Anatoliy's research initiatives explore how social media is changing the ways in which people and organizations communicate, collaborate, disseminate information, conduct business and form communities online, and how these changes impact society. 

His expertise lies in studying online communities and social networks, and developing new methods for analyzing and visualizing social media data. The aim of his various research initiatives is to provide decision makers with additional knowledge and insights into the behaviors and relationships of online network members, and to understand how these interpersonal connections influence our personal choices and actions.


Course Code Course Title
ITM 618 Fundamentals of Business Intelligence and Analytics


Course Code Course Title
MT 8313 Data and Knowledge Management
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, Syracuse University
  • BS & MS, Dnipropetrovsk National University (Ukraine)
Edited Journal Special Issue
Gruzd, A. & Wellman, B. (2014). Networked Influence in Social Media: Introduction to the Special Issue.American Behavioral Scientist 58: 1251-1259, doi:10.1177/0002764214527087, external link [Table of Contents, external link]
Recent Journal Articles
Gruzd, A. & Hernández-García, A. (2018). Privacy Concerns and Self-Disclosure in Private and Public Uses of Social Media, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social NetworkingVol. 21, No. 7
Dubois, E., Gruzd, A., & Jacobson, J. (2018). Journalists’ Use of Social Media to Infer Public Opinion: The Citizens’ Perspective, Social Science Computer Review
Haythornthwaite, C., Kumar, P., Gruzd, A., Gilbert, S., Esteve, Delle Valle, M., Paulin, D. (2018), Learning in the wild: coding for learning and practice on Reddit, earning, Media and Technology
White, B., Castleden, H., & Gruzd, A. (2015). Talking to Twitter users: Motivations behind Twitter use on the Alberta oil sands and the Northern Gateway Pipeline. First Monday, 20(1). DOI: 10.5210/fm.v20i1.5404, external link
Gruzd, A. & Wellman, B. (2014). Networked Influence in Social Media, American Behavioral Scientist
Gruzd, A. and Roy, J. (2014), Investigating Political Polarization on Twitter: A Canadian Perspective. Policy & Internet 6(1): 28–45. DOI: 10.1002/1944-2866.POI354
Gruzd, A. & Haythornthwaite, C. (2013). Enabling community through social media. Journal of Medical Internet Research 15(10):e248. doi: 10.2196/jmir.2796, external link. PubMed PMID: 24176835.
Gruzd, A., (2013). Emotions in the Twitterverse and Implications for User Interface Design, AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction 5(1):42-56. Available at
Martin, J.M.G., Gruzd, A., Howard, V. (2013). Navigating an imagined Middle–earth: Finding and analyzing text–based and film–based mental images of Middle–earth through online fan community.  First Monday 18(5 – 6). DOI: 10.5210%2Ffm.v18i5.4529, external link
Gruzd, A., Staves, K., Wilk, A. (2012). Connected Scholars: Examining the Role of Social Media in Research Practices of Faculty using the UTAUT model. Computers in Human Behavior 28 (6), 2340-2350, DOI: j.chb.2012.07.004, external link
Gruzd, A., and Sedo, D.R. (2012) #1b1t: Investigating Reading Practices at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century.Journal of Studies in Book Culture, Special issue on New Studies in the History of Reading 3(2). DOI: 10.7202/1009347ar , external link
Gruzd, A., Black, F.A., Le,Y., Amos, K. (2012). Investigating Biomedical Research Literature in the Blogosphere: A Case Study of Diabetes and HbA1c. Journal of the Medical Library Association 100(1). DOI: 10.3163/1536-5050.100.1.007
Takhteyev, Y., Gruzd, A., and Wellman, B. (2012). Geography of Twitter Networks. Social Networks, Special issue on Space and Networks, 34(1): 73-81.  DOI:10.1016/j.socnet.2011.05.006, external link.
Gruzd, A., Wellman, B., and Takhteyev, Y. (2011). Imagining Twitter as an Imagined Community. American Behavioral Scientist, Special issue on Imagined Communities 55 (10): 1294-1318, DOI: 10.1177/0002764211409378, external link.
Principal Investigator: SSHRC Insight grant ($478,622) 2013-2018 “Learning Analytics in the Social Media Age” 
Principal Investigator: Digging into Data Challenge ($250,000, Canadian part, SSHRC & NSERC)2014-2015 “Sharing Biodiversity Heritage through Social Media”  
Co-Principal Investigator: SSHRC Partnership Development grant ($197,296) 2014-2016 “Accelerating Digital Technology Adoption in Canadian Companies”  
Grant or Project Title Year Amount
eCampus Ontario, “Learning Analytics Dashboard for the Social Media Age’s e-Learners and Educators” 2017-2018 $99,959
Canada Research Chair - Tier 2, "Social Medi Data Stewardship 2015-2020 $500,000
Co-Principal Investigator: SSHRC Partnership Development grant,  “Accelerating Digital Technology Adoption in Canadian Companies”   2014-2016 $196,296
Principal Investigator: Digging into Data Challenge, Canadian part, SSHRC & NSERC “Sharing Biodiversity Heritage through Social Media”   2014-2015 $250,000
Principal Investigator: SSHRC Insight grant, “Learning Analytics in the Social Media Age”  2013-2019 $478,622