Joseph Michael Reagle Jr. (born 1972[1]) is an American academic and writer focused on digital technology and culture, including Wikipedia, online comments, geek feminism, and life hacking.[3] He is an associate professor of communication studies at Northeastern University.[4] He was an early member of the World Wide Web Consortium, based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,[5] and in 1998 and 2010 he was a fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.[6]

Joseph M. Reagle Jr.
Joseph Reagle
Reagle in 2019
Joseph Michael Reagle Jr.

1972 (age 51–52)[1]
EducationUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County (BS)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS)
New York University (PhD)
Occupation(s)Professor, writer
Years active1996–present
Known forInternet studies
Notable workGood Faith Collaboration (2010)
AwardsTR35 (2002)[2]
Scientific career
InstitutionsNortheastern University
ThesisIn good faith: Wikipedia collaboration and the pursuit of the universal encyclopedia (2008)
Doctoral advisorHelen Nissenbaum Edit this at Wikidata



Reagle received an undergraduate degree in computer science and a minor in history from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He then enrolled in the Technology Policy Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and wrote a masters thesis on trust and cryptographic financial instruments.[7] He returned to MIT as a research engineer, and also served as a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.[5][6] He returned to schooling at New York University, where he taught,[8] and earned a PhD in 2008 with a thesis about the history and collaborative culture of Wikipedia,[9] supervised by Helen Nissenbaum.

Career and research

Reagle in 2008

Reagle was a member of the World Wide Web Consortium from 1996 to 2003.[5] There he worked on issues such as intellectual property and privacy.[5][10]

In 2002, he was listed as one of MIT Technology Review's TR35, a list of the world's top innovators under the age of 35.[2]

In 2010, he reconstructed the first ten thousand contributions to Wikipedia from a previously lost data dump as a simple website.[11][12]

In 2011, Reagle published a journal article with Lauren Rhue that examined gender bias in Wikipedia, using gendered pronouns to detect articles about women and comparing and contrasting their findings against female coverage in other encyclopedias.[13][14] The article concluded "that Wikipedia provides better coverage and longer articles, that Wikipedia typically has more articles on women than Britannica in absolute terms, but Wikipedia articles on women are more likely to be missing than articles on men relative to Britannica".[14]

Reagle is a supporter of open access[15] and all of his books are available online.[16]

Selected publications



  • Reagle, Joseph (2010). Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia. History and Foundations of Information Science. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0262518208. JSTOR j.ctt5hhhnf. OCLC 496282188.[17]
  • Reagle, Joseph (2015). Reading the Comments: Likers, Haters, and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. doi:10.7551/mitpress/10116.001.0001. ISBN 9780262028936. JSTOR j.ctt17kkb2f. OCLC 891941812.[18]
  • Reagle, Joseph (2019). Hacking Life: Systematized Living and Its Discontents. <strong> ideas series. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. doi:10.7551/mitpress/11582.001.0001. ISBN 9780262038157. OCLC 1043303830. S2CID 239141163.[19]
  • Reagle, Joseph; Koerner, Jackie, eds. (2020). Wikipedia @ 20: Stories of an Incomplete Revolution. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262538176. OCLC 1150825819. See also: meta:Wikipedia@20



About Wikipedia


About culture


Policy and technical specifications



  1. ^ a b VIAF 106756706
  2. ^ a b "Joseph Reagle, 29". Technology Review. Archived from the original on 20 May 2020. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  3. ^ Joseph M. Reagle Jr.'s publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required); Joseph M. Reagle Jr. publications indexed by Google Scholar
  4. ^ "Joseph Reagle". Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d "Joseph's W3 Page". Archived from the original on 14 February 1998. Retrieved 2 August 2020. Reagle's "papers" page on the W3C website indicates that he had co-authored a paper there in 1996: "Joseph's W3 Page [papers]". Retrieved 2 August 2020. An archived message from January 2004 indicates that Reagle had left the W3C by that date: "Re: Hi from Joseph Reagle on 2004-01-19 ( from January to March 2004)". Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Joseph Reagle | Berkman Klein Center". 24 March 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  7. ^ Reagle, Joseph (1996). Trust in a cryptographic economy and digital security deposits: Protocols and policies (MS thesis). Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. hdl:1721.1/11016.
  8. ^ "Faculty Update for 2008–2009" (PDF). Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. 2008. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  9. ^ Reagle Jr., Joseph Michael (2008). In good faith: Wikipedia collaboration and the pursuit of the universal encyclopedia (PhD thesis). New York: New York University. OCLC 479700253.
  10. ^ Reagle, Joseph (6 January 2003). "New W3C Software License: Please update OSI page from Joseph Reagle on 2003-01-06 ( from January 2003)". Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  11. ^ Doctorow, Cory (18 December 2010). "Wikipedia's first 10,000 edits". Boing Boing. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  12. ^ Reagle, Joseph (16 December 2010). "Wikipedia 10K redux". Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  13. ^ Matias, J. Nathan (21 November 2014). "How to Ethically and Responsibly Identify Gender in Large Datasets". PBS MediaShift. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  14. ^ a b Reagle, Joseph; Rhue, Lauren (2011). "Gender Bias in Wikipedia and Britannica". International Journal of Communication. 5.
  15. ^ Corbett, Hillary (25 October 2011). "Open Access Week panel: "Wikipedia: Friend or Foe?" – Wednesday at 1:30". Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  16. ^ Dunn, Katharine (28 November 2018). "The MIT Press to launch print and Open Access book series with support from the MIT libraries". Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  17. ^ Reviews of Good Faith Collaboration:
  18. ^ Reviews of Reading the Comments:
  19. ^ Reviews of Hacking Life: