Alex Leavitt

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Alex Leavitt is a doctoral student in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. His primary research focuses on alternative uses of social media, networked communication, and Internet culture. On the side, he studies digital transnational fandom around Japanese pop culture.

Prior to USC, Alex was a research assistant to danah boyd at Microsoft Research New England. He also researched with the Convergence Culture Consortium in the Comparative Media Studies department at MIT, through which he is a Futures of Entertainment Fellow. Additionally, Alex has served as a Lead Researcher on the Web Ecology Project and has worked with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Alex writes long-form about his research at The Department of Alchemy blog ( He can be reached via email at and on Twitter @alexleavitt (

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