Galen Panger

Alumni (PhD 2017)


Social media, well-being, public opinion, behavioral economics


Information Policy
User Experience Design & Research


My research focuses on social media behavior, including how we express ourselves in social media, the quality of our interactions with others there, and the use of social media 'Big Data' to make inferences about people's well-being, opinions and so forth. I'm mixed methods, with training that includes experimental design, survey methods and usability testing. I care a lot about design and enjoy thinking about the behavioral consequences of the systems and interfaces we design for people to use.

While at Berkeley, I co-founded the Center for Technology, Society & Policy and conducted a study of graduate student well-being that was later expanded to all ten University of California campuses. I also did an internship with Facebook's user experience research team and engaged with the entrepreneurship community at Berkeley, working on a citizen participation startup with a few colleagues. Prior to Berkeley, I spent three years on Google's Policy PR team in Washington, D.C. and before that, received my B.A. at Stanford University in Public Policy. 

I'm an easy-going guy and enjoy talking about ideas with new people. Feel free to send me an email or look me up on Twitter.

Last updated:

January 20, 2020