A. Priante MSc (Anna)


About Me


Anna Priante is Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Business Administration, NIKOS (research group for Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation Management) at the University of Twente. Her research interests are at the intersection of sociology (e.g., networks, identity, social movements, STS), media studies (e.g., social media and online communication), and computational social sciences (e.g., digital sociology). In her research, Anna adopts a mixed-method approach combining statistical and network analysis with computational methods and (supervised and unsupervised) machine learning.

Anna is in the process of finalizing her PhD dissertation on the effectiveness of Twitter cancer awareness campaigns on prevention and early detection behavior. In particular, she investigates how identities and network structures explain the effectiveness of online advocacy campaigns in achieving their goals. Part of her PhD research has been published in the journal of New Media & Society and in the proceedings of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Anna is part of the team that in 2014 received one of the first six awarded Twitter #datagrants for a study of online cancer awareness campaigns, such as #Movember (prostate and testicular cancer). Anna’s PhD advisors are prof. dr. Ariana Need, dr. Michel Ehrenhard, dr. Tijs van den Broek and dr. Djoerd Hiemstra.

In 2018, Anna was appointed as a visiting graduate student at the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Anna obtained a BSc in Sociology (cum Laude, 2012) and a MSc in Sociology and Social Research (cum Laude, 2015) at the University of Trento (Italy). Her master thesis focused on processes of public communication of science on Twitter. During her Master program Anna has also collaborated with two research groups: Science Technology and Society (STSTN) at the University of Trento (ongoing collaboration) and Observa Science in Society (Vicenza).



Computer-Mediated Communication
Collective Behavior
Social Network


Networks, Social movements, Social media and computer-mediated communication, Identity, Computational Sociology, Public Communication and Understanding of Science, Sociology of Science and Technology

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·  Lecturer in Marketing and Social Movements in the course Strategy, Marketing and Economics, International Business Administration Bachelor Program, University of Twente – A.Y 2018-2019

·  Instructor in the course Social Problems (Public Administration Master Program, University of Twente) – A.Ys. 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018 2016

·  Teaching Assistant in the courses Sociology of Science (Bachelor program) and Communication, Science and Technology (Master program) (Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento) – A.Y.2013-2014 and 2014-2015


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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 2212
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  2212
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands