Billy Spann is a Ph.D. postdoctoral research fellow at the COSMOS research center. He earned his Ph.D. in April 2022. He also has an M.S. in Information Science, and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UALR and an M.B.A. from the UALR College of Business. Billy is a mid-career PhD Graduate that has over 20 years of planning, design, and research experience as an engineering leader in the wireless telecom industry. He is currently a Director of Engineering at Windstream. He joined the Collaboratorium for Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS) in 2018 where his interdisciplinary research investigates how individuals and groups use social media, blogs, and other digital platforms to coordinate cyber collective action such as deviant cyber flash mobs, protests, and social movements. His research interests include social network analysis, computational social science, extremist behavior modeling of connective action in online networks, and social-cyber forensics.

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