The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

Sorin Matei

 Sorin Matei


College of Liberal Arts Associate Dean of Research; Graduate Education and Professor // Communication Faculty 



BRNG 2132 

Research Areas

Socio-Spatial Shaping of Communication Technology, Social Behaviors and Interactions on Wireless Networks and in Location-Aware Communication Systems, Spatial Analysis Applied to Communication Systems and International Communication Processes and Flows, Mass and New Media Research Methods, Communication and Sociological Theory 

Key Areas

Trusted Social and Human Interaction Security Awareness, Education, Training Enclave and Nework Security  

Notable Experience

Principal investigator of multi-method research survey of Internet use and wireless networks security practices in Lexington, KY. Project manager of Los Angeles large-scale survey 

Notable Awards

University of Kentucky College of Communication Faculty Award, 2002

University of Kentucky Faculty Enhancement Award; Kettering Foundation Research Grant, 2002

Top four faculty paper, 51st (2001) Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Mass Communication Division

Top three paper, Theory and Methodology Division, AEJMC 2001 Convention. 


The Effect of State Level Social Capital on On-line Communities, The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media (March 2004). The Internet As Magnifying Glass: Marital Status and On-line Social Ties (2003). The Internet in the Communication Infrastructure of Urban Residential Communities: Meso- or Macro-Linkage? Journal of Communication (2001) 


Sorin Adam Matei – College of Liberal Arts Associated Dean of Research and Graduate Education and Professor of Communication, Brian Lamb School of Communication - studies the relationship between information technology, group behavior, and social structures in a variety of contexts. His most recent book, Structural Differentiation in Social Media studied 10 years-worth of Wikipedia editing or 250 million individual contributions to the site. The volume offers a new view on how online groups emerge. It identifies specific evolutionary phases, including a bureaucratic one. The book emphasizes the role of strong although temporary leaders for the success of any online project. His research also investigates the role played by social media cognition and emotional responses on risk-prone or risk-averse behavior in natural emergencies. He is also known for his work on ethics in big data and for his multidisciplinary, international projects, such as EUNOMIA, recently awarded a 2,900,000 Euro grant by the European Union Horizon 2020 program and Kredible.Net ([ previously funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Matei leads the Global Communication Study Abroad program organized with support experts from the French National Assembly and from the French Superior Council for Audio-Visual Media (FCC equivalent).

He has published 9 book and tens or articles in the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. His work was funded by the National Science Foundation and is conducted in collaboration with colleagues from a variety of campus units, such as Computer Science and Engineering. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes social media analytics, online interaction and facilitation, and global social media research. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort or Visible Past. Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).