Christopher Barrie

I am a political sociologist specializing in the study of protest, conflict, and communication. My regional specialism is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). My research uses a variety of qualitative, quantitative, and computational methods.


I am particularly interested in advancing the use of use digital trace, news, and communications data to study populations that have traditionally been hard-to-reach in the empirical social sciences.

Lecturer in Computational Sociology @ University of Edinburgh


Jan 2021 - Present I teach at the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. I also help organize the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (Oxford and London) and am responsible for developing a new Social Data Science programme at Edinburgh.

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow @ University of Oxford

Sep 2019 - Dec 2020 My first post after completing my PhD was as Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Sociology at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

“Researching Digital Life." Co-convener. University of Edinburgh. 2021. materials. “Computational Text Analysis Micro-Methods Workshop." Convener. University of Edinburgh. 2021. materials.


“Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS).” Co-organizer, University of Oxford. 2021. information.

“Quantitative Research Methods.” MSc core course. Convener, University of Oxford. 2019, 2020, 2021. materials.

[with Arun Frey] "Using Twitter for Social Science Research." Oxford Spring School. 2021. materials.

[with Justin Chun-ting Ho] "academictwitteR: Access the Twitter Academic Research Product Track V2 API Endpoint. R package v0.1.0." github. CRAN.


o   "The contentious politics of nationalism and the anti-naturalization campaign in Tunisia, 1932-1933." Nations and Nationalism. 2017. 23(4):707-725. link. pdf.


o   [with Neil Ketchley] "Opportunity without Organization: Labour Mobilization in Egypt after the 25th January Revolution." Mobilization. 2018. 23(2):181-202. link. pdf.

o   [with Neil Ketchley] "Fridays of Revolution: Focal Days and Mass Protest in Egypt and Tunisia." Political Research Quarterly. 2019. 73(2):308-324. link. pdf. replication materials.

o   [with Michael Biggs and Kenneth T. Andrews] "Did Local Civil Rights Protest Liberalize Whites’ Racial Attitudes?" Research & Politics. 2020. link. pdf. replication materials.

o   "Searching Racism after George Floyd" Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. 2020. link. pdf. replication materials.

o   [with Alexandra A. Siegel] "Kingdom of Trolls? Influence Operations in the Saudi Twittersphere." Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media. 2021. link. replication materials.


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