Rae Jereza, PHD
Rae (they/them) is a non-binary, Filipino-American anthropologist working in North America.
They are currently a Senior Researcher at the Polarization and Extremism Research Innovation Lab (PERIL) and Research Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs at American University. They are a core committee member of the of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology's Language and Social Justice Committee.
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, D&D, and hanging out with their cats.
Forthcoming Pubs &
Ethnographic Empathy and Research Ethics as Methodological Whiteness
Forthcoming book chapter; Coauthored with Catherine Tebaldi
"I'm not this person": Racism, Content Moderators, and Protecting and Denying Voice Online
Forthcoming in New Media and Society
Beyond Content and Wellness: How Organizational Relationships Shape Commercial Moderators' Workplace Experiences
Article under review; Coauthored with Jie Cai and Aashka Patel
Moderators' experiences reviewing hateful content
Qualitative study on commercial moderators' experiences of reviewing hateful content; with Hannah Cui, Anthony Lechner, and Yvette Wohn
The politics of Tourette's and social media
Digital ethnography on Discord community members' experiences with social media, Tourettes, and other tic disorders; with Josh Reno