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Danial Vahabli

Sociology PhD Student, B.Sc in Physics

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I am a Sociology Ph.D. student studying social movements, with a particular focus on Iran. My research employs both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

Currently, I am pursuing my Ph.D. at Stony Brook University in New York and am a recipient of the graduate fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Computational Sciences.

My research interests revolve around the examination of how social movements attract media attention, express themselves through artistic means, and gain support. To explore these dynamics, I draw from a multidisciplinary framework, incorporating insights from social movements theory, world-society theory, media studies, and cultural sociology. While answering my research questions I employ a mixed-method research technique that combines computational tools such as natural language processing and network science with qualitative methods.

Prior to joining Stony Brook University, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Middle East Technical University in Turkey, complemented by a minor in sociology. During my undergraduate studies, my academic focus centered on  simulating collective behavior using CUDA-accelerated agent-based simulation models.

Research Interests

My research interests lies in the intersection of social movements and media studies. I am interested in understanding how and why social movements gain attention and what is the effect of this attention on the trajectory of their movement. My specific area of focus centers on social movements within Iran, and I integrate perspectives from world-society and world-systems theories to understand the global dimensions of these movements.

Awards and Scholarships

  • Hanan Selvin Award for outstanding quantitative and/or methodological paper from Stony Brook University’s
    Sociology department for paper titled "From the Global South to the World Stage: A Study of Global Frame
    Resonance Using a Comparative Case of Women, Life, Freedom and Bloody November in Iran"

  • Beneficiary of the prestigious graduate fellowship of the Institute of Advanced Computational Sciences

  • High Honor Student at the Physics Department. (Spring 2018-Spring 2021)

  • Ranked 3rd In the Physics Department.

  • 50% Tuition Fee Merit-Based Scholarship

  • Beneficiary of TUTÜBİTAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) Scholarship for my Work With Prof. Serim Ilday.


Social Science:

1) Social Movements in Iran (September 2022 - Present)

2) Studying Identity using Twitter Bios. (August 2022 - Present)

Supervisor: Prof. Jason J. Jones



1) the effect of quenched and shot noise in soft active matter (April 2021 - June 2022 )

Supervisor: Prof. Tamas Vicsek

2) Hyperuniformity on the driven dissipative colloidal system (April 2021 - June 2022 )

Supervisor: Prof. Serim (Kayacan) Ilday

3) Fitness Landscape of driven dissipative colloidal system (April 2021 - June 2022 )

Supervisor: Prof. Serim (Kayacan) Ilday

4) Physics-driven machine learning Methods for characterizing the structure of materials (October 2021 - January 2022 )

Supervisor: Prof. Hande Toffoli

5)Science of Success

(October 2021 - February 2022)

Supervisor: Prof. Albert-László Barabási


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