Shelby Grossman

shelby grossman

Shelby Grossman, PhD

  • Research Scholar, Stanford Internet Observatory
  • CDDRL Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016-17
Encina Hall, C433 616 Jane Stanford Way Stanford, CA 94305-6055


Shelby Grossman is a research scholar at the Stanford Internet Observatory. Her research focuses on online safety. Shelby's research has been published in Comparative Political Studies, PNAS Nexus, Political Communication, The Journal of Politics, World Development, and World Politics. Her book, "The Politics of Order in Informal Markets," was published by Cambridge University Press. She is co-editor of the Journal of Online Trust and Safety, and teaches classes at Stanford on open source investigation and online trust and safety issues. 

Shelby was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Memphis from 2017-2019, and a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law from 2016-17. She earned her Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 2016.

In The News

U.S. Marshals work with the NCMEC during Operation We Will Find You, in 2023 (U.S. Marshals Service photo by Bennie J. Davis III,; CC BY 2.0 DEED,

Challenges in the Online Child Safety Ecosystem

How to improve the system for reporting child sex abuse material online. Originally published in Lawfare.
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The Stanford Internet Observatory Turns Three

SIO releases its annual report summarizing its first three years of research, teaching and policy and laying the path for the years to come.
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Arrows pointing toward Middle Eastern and Asian countries

Unheard Voice

Stanford Internet Observatory collaborated with Graphika to analyze a large network of accounts removed from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in our latest report. This information operation likely originated in the United States and targeted a range of countries in the Middle East and Central Asia.
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