About

Kris Shaffer headshotKris Shaffer, Ph.D. (Yale University, 2011), is a data scientist and Senior Computational Disinformation Analyst for New Knowledge and Data for Democracy, researching political propaganda and extremist disinformation on the web. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Bloomberg News, Buzzfeed News, Slate, Quartz, Family Circle, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. (See Media Mentions, Publications, and Kris's GitHub profile and the CorpusMusic GitHub organization for more information about Kris's research.)

Kris's academic background is in digital humanities, computational musicology, and instructional technology. Kris is also a Contributing Editor and Board member for Hybrid Pedagogy and the lead author of Open Music Theory ― an open-source, interactive textbook for undergraduate music theory courses.

His academic research appears in Hybrid Pedagogy, Empirical Musicology Review, Digital Humanities Now, Music Theory Online, Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy (for which he served as coordinating editor), and Educating Modern Learners. He has presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, THATCamp Southeast, Yale University, the University of Colorado–Boulder, the University of Texas–Austin, the University of Delaware, Moravian College, Bates College, and numerous regional conferences in music theory. Kris has also written on technology for Linux Journal and the Open Source Technology Group.

Kris has received fellowships and funding from Charleston Southern University, Yale University, and the Paul Sacher Foundation for archival study in the Foundation's Ligeti Collection.

From 2005 to 2008, Kris served as the editor of Am Steg, an online community and resource for young music theorists and composers, which included co-authoring a blog on music cognition and co-hosting a podcast interviewing composers, theorists, and discussing significant topics for graduate students in music.

Kris is also an active performer and church musician. He most recently has freelanced in the Charleston area, performing with the Charleston Symphony, Opera Charleston, the Savannah Philharmonic, North Charleston Pops, and popular artists such as Jay Clifford. From 2008 to 2011, he directed the Sunday morning music ministry at Trinity Baptist Church in New Haven, Conn. He has also performed with the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra (Williamstown, Mass.), the Illinois Symphony (Springfield, Ill.), and the Green Bay Symphony (Wis.).

Kris previously held the positions of Instructional Technology Specialist and Adjunct Instructor of Computer Science and Digital Studies at the University of Mary Washington, Instructor of Music Theory and Adjunct Instructor of Psychology and Computer Science) at the University of Colorado–Boulder, and Assistant Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University.

In addition to the Ph.D., Kris holds a Master of Philosophy and a Master of Arts in music theory from Yale University, a Master of Music in orchestral performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, and a Bachelor of Music in performance (with an honors thesis in music theory) from Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

He also knows how to drive a Zamboni.