I study how information is produced and how it becomes meaningful. I have two ongoing lines of research: (1) how the masses of data that we produce in the course of our daily lives in the digital age are changing the way states engage with their citizens (through services, accountability, and surveillance), and (2) how and in what ways review aggregators (like Yelp) influence on the people that use them.
I have also argued in a similar vein with Robert VanWynsberghe that education systems are hampered by a top-down model of research on learning and teaching, and that we could make gains in teacher quality and overall education quality by engaging teachers at every level in the research process (2016; see also 2015).
Fields of Study
Political Sociology, Information (and Data) and Society, Technology, Institutions
VanWynsberghe, R., and Herman, A.C. (2016). Adaptive Education: An inquiry-based institution. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
VanWynsberghe, R., and Herman, A.C. (2015). Education for social change and pragmatist theory: Five features of educative environments designed for social change. International Journal of Lifelong Learning, 34(3): 268-283.
Herman, A. (December 4th, 2014). ``Challenges to Nazi Symbolic Power in the American Midwest, 1932-1935.'' Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis (Department of Sociology, UCLA), Los Angeles, USA.
VanWynsberghe, R., and Herman, A.C. (November 26th, 2010). Features of a Sustainability Classroom: A Sociological Perspective. Public Culture Lecture Series (Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia), Vancouver, Canada.
MA Sociology (2015), Supervised by Stefan Bargheer
University of California -- Los Angeles
MA Social Sciences (2012), Supervised by Donald Levine
University of Chicago
BA Major Sociology, Major Philosophy (2011)
University of British Columbia