Rae Jereza, PHD

Rae (they/them) is a non-binary, Filipino-American anthropologist working in North America.


They are currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Informatics at New Jersey Institute of Technology and are a core committee member of the of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology's Language and Social Justice Committee. In Fall 2022, they will begin working as Research Assistant Professor at American University's Polarization, Extremism, and Research Innovation Lab (PERIL).


Rae combines sociocultural and linguistic anthropological approaches to examine the human processes that shape digital landscapes in an era of far-right resurgence.


Their book project is based on their PhD thesis and explores how content moderation - the structures, relations, and practices aimed at solving the problem of objectionable content - constitutes a site of overlap for liberal and illiberal racisms. Their previous work focused on digital discourse and the far-right in the Philippines.

Outside of work, they enjoy rock climbing, cycling, video games, DnD, and hanging out with their cats.

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Forthcoming Pubs &
Ongoing Projects

Ethnographic Empathy and Research Ethics as Methodological Whiteness (title)
Forthcoming book chapter; Coauthored with Catherine Tebaldi

"I'm not this person": Racism, Content Moderators, and Protecting and Denying Voice Online (title)

Article under review

Beyond Content and Wellness: How Organizational Relationships Shape Commercial Moderators' Workplace Experiences (title)
Article under review; Coauthored with Jie Cai and Aashka Patel

Moderators' experiences reviewing hateful content (description)

Qualitative study on commercial moderators' experiences of reviewing hateful content; with Hannah Cui, Anthony Lechner, and Elaine Wu

Experiences of users belonging to a Discord community for people with/in community with those with Tourette's and tic disorder diagnoses (description)

Digital ethnography on Discord community members' experiences with social media, Tourettes, and other tic disorders; with Josh Reno