by Judeth Oden Choi, James Herbsleb, Jessica Hammer and Jodi Forlizzi
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Contemporary social justice movements can be understood as rhizomatic, growing laterally without a central structure. In this mixed methods study, we investigated the roles that activists develop based on their personal and professional identities and carry with them through the dynamic land-scape of rhizomatic social justice movements on Twitter. We conducted interviews with self-identiﬁed social justice ac-tivists and analyzed seven weeks of their Twitter timeline and retweets. We found three activist roles–organizer, storyteller and advocate–and described the identities, approaches to ac-tivism, behaviors on Twitter, and the relationship to social jus-tice movements for each role. We used these roles as a lens to better understand how movement identities are constructed, laid out an agenda for future research on roles in rhizomatic social justice movements and suggested design directions.