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Anatoliy Gruzd

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd

Canada Research Chair, Social Media Data Stewardship | Director, Social Media Lab | Professor
DepartmentInformation Technology Management
OfficeTRS 2-071
Phone416-979-5000 x 557937
Areas of ExpertiseSocial Media, Online Communities, Data Stewardship, Online Social Networks, Information Privacy


Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd, Professor and Director of Research at the Ryerson University Social Media Lab. Situated at the intersection of social media research, information management, and communication, Dr. Gruzd’s multidisciplinary program focuses on how social media data can be used to tackle a wide variety of societal problems from combating COVID-19 misinformation, external link to helping educators navigate social media for teaching and learning. He is currently serving his second term as a Canada Research Chair, examining the application of new privacy-preserving technologies, such as blockchains and differential privacy, particularly in academic research settings.


Course Code Course Title
ITM 315 Concepts of e-Business (Winter 2020)


Course Code Course Title
MT 8313 Social Media Analytics (Winter 2020)
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaignm, USA
  • MS, Syracuse University
  • BS & MS, Dnipropetrovsk National University, Ukraine
Edited Journal Special Issue
2019: Networked Influence, external link in Social Media + Society (with Jacobson, Kumar, Mai)
2018: Social Media for Social Good or Evil, external link in Social Media + Society (with Hemsley, Jacobson, Mai)
2017: Social Media and Society, external link in American Behavioral Scientist (with Jacobson, Wellman, Mai)
2016: Understanding Communities in an Age of Social Media: The Good, The Bad, and The Complicated, external link in Information, Communication & Society (with Jacobson, Wellman, Mai)
2015: Social Media & Society, external link in Big Data and Society.  
2014: Networked Influence in Social Media, external link in American Behavioral Scientist (with Wellman)
Recent Journal Articles
Jacobson, J., Gruzd, A., & Hernandez-Garcia, A. (2020). Social media marketing: Who is watching the watchers? Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 53: 101774., external link  (Open Access)
Jacobson, J., & Gruzd, A. (2020). Cybervetting job applicants on social media: The new normal? Ethics and Information Technology., external link (Open Access)

Dubois, E., Gruzd, A., & Jacobson, J. (2020). Journalists’ Use of Social Media to Infer Public Opinion: The Citizens’ Perspective. Social Science Computer Review, 38(1): 57-74., external link

Gamble J.M., Traynor, R.L., Gruzd, A., Mai, P., Dormuth, C.R., & Sketris, I.S. (2020). Measuring the Impact of Pharmacoepidemiologic Research Using Altmetrics: A case study of a CNODES drug‐safety article. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 29(51): 93-102., external link (Open Access)

Recuero, R., & Gruzd, A. (2019). Cascatas de Fake News Políticas: Um estudo de caso no Twitter. Galáxia (São Paulo), (41), 31–47., external link (Open Access)

Chaudhry, I., & Gruzd, A. (2019). Expressing and Challenging Racist Discourse on Facebook: How Social Media Weaken the “Spiral of Silence” Theory. Policy & Internet (online first)., external link

Tougas, M. E., Chambers, C. T., Corkum, P., Robillard, J. M., Gruzd, A., Howard, V., Kampen, A., Boerner, K. E., Hundert, A. S. (2018). Social Media Content About Children’s Pain and Sleep: Content and Network Analysis. JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting 1(2), e11193., external link (Open Access)

Comber, S., Durier-Copp, M., & Gruzd, A. (2018). Instructors’ Perceptions of Networked Learning and Analytics. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La Revue Canadienne de l’apprentissage et de La Technologie, 44(3)., external link  (Open Access)

Gruzd, A., Lannigan, J., & Quigley, K. (2018). Examining government cross-platform engagement in social media: Instagram vs Twitter and the big lift project. Government Information Quarterly, 35(4), 579-587., external link

Gruzd, A., & Hernandez-Garcia, A. (2018) Privacy Concerns and Self-disclosure in Private and Public Uses of Social Media. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking 21(7), 418–428., external link (Open Access)

Haythornthwaite, C., Kumar, P., Gruzd, A., Gilbert, S., Esteve Del Valle, M., & Paulin, D. (2018). Learning in the Wild: Coding for Learning and Practice on Reddit. Learning, Media and Technology, 43(3), 219–235., external link

Gruzd, A., Haythornthwaite, C., Paulin, D., Gilbert, S., & Esteve del Valle, M. (2018). Uses and gratifications factors for social media use in teaching: Instructors’ perspectives. New Media and Society, 20(2), 475–494., external link

Kwon, K.H. & Gruzd, A. (2017). Is Offensive Commenting Contagious Online? Examining Public vs. Interpersonal Swearing in Response to Donald Trump’s YouTube Campaign Videos. Internet Research, 27(4), 991–1010., external link

Grant or Project Title Year Amount

Principal Investigator: Canada Research Chair - Tier 2, "Social Medi Data Stewardship”



Co-Principal Investigator: CIHR Rapid Research/Operating Grant, “Inoculating Against an Infodemic: Microlearning Interventions to Address COVID-19 Misinformation”

2020- 2022 $477,683
Principal Investigator: NSERC Discovery, “Studying Human Dynamics at a Massive Scale” 2019-2024 $140,000
Co-Principal Investigator: SSHRC Insight, “Social Media for Strengthening Agricultural Communities of Practices in an Era of Misinformation”  2019-2022 $99,947

Principal Investigator: Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge, “Online Violence and its effects on Political Engagement on Twitter”

2019-2020 $50,000
Principal Investigator: Global Affairs Canada Research Grant, “Studying Online Violence Against Women (VAW) on Twitter – Case of India” 2017-2018 $22,951
Principal Investigator: eCampus Ontario, “Learning Analytics Dashboard for the Social Media Age’s e-Learners and Educators” 2017-2018 $99,959

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

Principal Investigator: Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Leaders Opportunity Fund Grant

2012 $150,000

Principal Investigator: MITACS Accelerate and MITACS Globalink - Various Projects

2011-2020 $145,000

Co-Principal Investigator: GRAND, Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) - Various Projects

2010-2014 $170,800

Principal Investigator: SSHRC Insight grant, “How Online Social Media and Online Social Networks are Changing the Ways Scholars Disseminate Knowledge and Information”

2010-2013 $161,000
  • Named Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Royal Society of Canada (RSC), 2017
  • Collaborative Research Award, Ryerson University, 2018
  • Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Faculty Fellow, Research Exchange, 2016
  • Named Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship, Tier 2, 2015
  • Best Paper Award, , external linkThe Internet, Policy & Politics Conference, University of Oxford, UK, 2014
  • Best Poster Award, i-Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2012

Please visit the Social Media Lab’s Press page, external link for a list of Dr. Gruzd’s recent press appearances.