2018 Guest Scholar Matthew N. Bui

MATTHEW N. BUI
Ph.D. Student and Graduate Fellow
University of Southern California – Los Angeles

Matthew N. Bui is a doctoral student and Graduate Fellow at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Annenberg School for Communication. He is also an affiliate member of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies (CR+DS), a graduate student researcher at the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII), the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), and former Data Science Fellow at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest municipal planning organization.

Matthew’s research broadly examines the racial, cultural and policy implications of urban communication infrastructures and technologies, 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. His dissertation project problematizes extant Smart City initiatives, leveraging computational and geospatial mapping techniques to evaluate the digital reproduction of neighborhood inequalities in Los Angeles through digital applications such as geosocial media and online housing databases. The recipient of the 2018 Urban Communication Research Grant, Matthew strives to promote socio-digital inclusion and data equity through his engaged scholarship.

Prior to his doctoral studies at USC and graduate studies at the London School of Economics (LSE), Matthew worked in market research and data analytics roles in the technology security and non-profit sectors. He also graduated from UCLA with college and departmental honors.