Joseph Seering

I am a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute. I am a part of the eHeart Lab, advised by Professor Geoff Kaufman. I received my undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Social Studies in 2013, and a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from CMU in 2018.

In my work I explore community dynamics in online spaces, focusing on ways in which self-governance behaviors can be strengthened. To date, I have primarily explored moderation strategies, but have also done work on introduction of newcomers and methods for increasing engagement of members. In my research I begin with empirical analyses to understand community behaviors and challenges and then translate the findings of this research into design and development of new systems. Through my work, I aim to facilitate the design of more welcoming, tolerant, and supportive communities online.

Current Projects

In my study of community moderation practices with Geoff Kaufman, I am examining the ways in which small informal communities develop methods for managing behavior of community members. See more information here.

I am also currently exploring users' verbal responses to hate speech and harassment in a project advised by Bob Kraut and Diyi Yang.

I am working with Geoff Kaufman to experimentally test interventions to encourage positive behaviors in chats and forums online.

In a new line of work, I have begun exploring the ways in which chatbots can support communities in addressing some of the aforementioned challenges through meaningful social engagement with members.


I also maintain a list of all the peer-reviewed research I have found that focuses primarily on Twitch, which can be found here.