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Nga Than / Sociology

Graduate Student Researcher
Started at the NML: January 2019

Projects: Alternative Discourses; Platform Mediated Labor Management: Upwork, Fiverr and Amazon Mechanical Turk Workers’ Experience
NML Award: The Data Analysis and Visualization Award (October 2019)

Nga Than

Nga Than is a doctoral student in the Sociology program at CUNY – The Graduate Center. Her research interests are in digital economies, work, immigration, social media, and computational social science. Her current research utilizes digital trace data from online forums, and social media sites to examine gig workers’ experience. Specifically, she employs machine learning methods in automated text analysis such as structural topic modeling, and sentiment analysis to analyze discourses about the gig economy produced by workers. Furthermore, she is exploring different ways, in which new methodological developments in computer science such as deep neural network, and vision recognition can assist social scientists in studying social phenomena. She has taught at City College of New York, and will be teaching “Data Mining for Sociologists” at Hunter College in the winter of 2020. She was born and raised in Vietnam. She is fluent in Vietnamese, English, German, as well as conversant in Chinese.