About Matthew N. Le-Bui
communication & technology researcher // studying the intersections of digital, urban, & social inclusion
Matthew N. Le-Bui is a doctoral candidate and Annenberg Fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. He is also an affiliate member of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies (CR+DS), graduate student researcher at the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII), affiliate member of the Annenberg Research Network on International Communication (ARNIC), and a former Data Science Fellow at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest municipal planning organization. His research integrates critical race theory with data studies and data science methods, calling attention to the ways in which access to, and use of, digital tools such as the Internet, open data portals, and social media applications are shaped by, and shape, racial and class-based inequalities. Unto that end, his dissertation project problematizes extant Smart City initiatives and imaginaries of urban data-driven decision making, leveraging computational and geospatial mapping techniques to evaluate the digital reproduction of neighborhood inequalities through geosocial media platforms (e.g., Yelp) and online housing databases (e.g., Zillow). Samples of his mapping work can be found here.
The recipient of the 2018 Urban Communication Research Grant, TPRC Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award, and Aspen Institute Guest Scholar Award, he strives to promote socio-digital inclusion and data equity through his engaged scholarship. The son of Vietnamese refugees and product of a heavily Latino-Asian immigrant community, Matt hopes one day to open and sustain a community center that hosts community-based participatory action research and technology co-design and coding workshops.
View My CV - updated March 20, 2019