Shawn Walker is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington Information School, where he studies social media and political participation. He is a founding member of the Social Media Lab (SoMe Lab) at the University of Washington, an interdisciplinary space for collaborating on research and developing new research methods and tools for data collection on social media focused research. He has worked as a trainer, technology consultant to non-profits, research fellow at the Wikimedia Foundation, and an intern at Microsoft Research’s Social Media Collective. He has also earned degrees in International Studies, and Liberal Studies, with a focus on public policy and technology, from Northern Kentucky University.  He lives in Seattle.