William Frey (he/they) is a doctoral student at Columbia University's School of Social Work and the coordinator of SAFElab. He has expertise in contextual analysis of social media, ethics of using social media data in research and AI, and the involvement of domain experts in mixed methods research.
His personal and academic research interests focus on how white people learn to be white—processes of racialization of youth and adults categorized as white—by exploring intra-actions among white people. Moreover, he is interested in the influences of formal and informal educational processes on the learning of overt and covert white supremacist ideologies, including the barriers that may be hindering efforts to create transformational politics in white intimate spaces.
William is trained in qualitative methodologies, including: grounded theory, ethnography (digital), and textual and contextual analysis. Additionally, he has expertise in dialogic and experiential learning methodologies, specifically inter-/intra-group relations and facilitation training.