Lynette Shaw is an Assistant Professor of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington in Summer 2016.
Lynette’s dissertation research focused on social constructions of value in the rise of digital currencies such as Bitcoin and utilized a combination of agent-based modeling, automated analysis of text scraped from online communities and news, and quantitative analyses of metrics surrounding Bitcoin's price and investment trends. In addition to her continuing work on new digital currencies, she also has undertaken a series of projects related to modeling the emergence of cultural dynamics and shared social realities (i.e. social construction) out of the individual-level, cognitive processes responsible for automatic sense-making in situations (i.e. mental representation).
Shaw, L. 2015. Mechanics and dynamics of social construction: Modeling the emergence of culture from individual mental representation. Poetics. 52:75-90