Research Team

As a faculty member, an important part of my service to the research community–and the public at large–is to help mentor graduate students. This can be done by collaborating with graduate students on coauthored research papers and by helping them become established scholars at other institutions.  Part of my mentoring work has involved writing short memos on how to develop good coauthoring and collaborating relationships, and on how to write the cover letter for academic job applications.

Most graduate students have several mentors, and some of my collaborative relationships are with students at other institutions. A key part of my job has become helping graduate students find the funding they need to do their work.  This can mean significant and long term funding for projects that need coding teams and infrastructure, it can mean travel funds for overseas fieldwork, or it can mean summer funding for projects that put students in touch with industry.  Below are examples of the productive and creative relationships I’ve had, with links to our projects, papers, and funders.


Current Students, Projects and Publications

lauraLaura Busch, a doctoral student at UW. We have collaborated on several projects, including a dataset of gini coefficients for technology access (now available from the ICPSR) and a paper about indexing global technology diffusion that we published in The Information Society.




Frank-peopleFrank Edwards, a graduate student in the Sociology Department, is serving as the lead analyst on the Digital Activism Research Project and produced much of the analysis discussed in our final report.




muzammilMuzammil Hussain helps manage the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam, we have written several articles and book chapters together, just finished Democracy’s Fourth Wave? for Oxford University Press. He will be an assistant professor in  Communication Studies at the University of Michigan next year.




maryMary Joyce helps manage the Digital Activism Research Project, which is developing an original data set on global digital activism, and I have helped secure a significant grant from the US Institutes of Peace and a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to support her research.




shinShin Lee works on technology diffusion and journalistic norms in South East Asia, and he specializes in large data sets on public opinion and technology use. We are working on citizen journalism and digital activism through the Digital Activism Research Project.




luisLuis Santana studies the impact of information technologies on public participation in civil society groups.  We are working on citizen journalism and digital activism through the Digital Activism Research Project.




Graduate Student Collaborators Who Have Become Colleagues


jessicaJessica Beyers, defended her dissertation on movements that began online and apolitical but transitioned to various forms of activist organizations.  Her dissertation is coming out as a book, Expect Us: Online Communities and Political Mobilization, from Oxford University Press.




aiden Aiden Duffy, now with Amazon Web Services, worked with the Project on Information Technology and Political Islam while an undergraduate, producing some valuable network analysis of the relationship between media organizations and technologies in Iran and Egypt at key moments of popular unrest.



krisKris Erickson, defended in 2008 and now an assistant professor at Bournemouth. We have multiple papers and book chapters together, all on the presentation of hackers in the news media and the way journalists frame data leaks.




deenDeen Freelon, defended in winter 2011, is an assistant professor at the School of Communication at American University. I served on his dissertation committee, and we collaborated on research into the use of social media during the Arab Spring.




laurahLaura Hosman had a prominent post-doc at Berkeley and is now an assistant professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology. We have a policy paper together on how different reform strategies have had different outcomes in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.





Daniel Kreiss, defended in 2010, is an an assistant professor in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. We have several papers together, including a policy paper on privacy norms in four advanced democracies and an article on the data mining industry that supported Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.




nimahNimah Mazaheri, defended winter 2010, is now an assistant professor in political science at Tufts University. We wrote a paper in the prominent journal World Development about what kinds of telecommunications policy reforms actually have an impact on technology access.





Fenwick McKelvey was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow with me at the University of Washington.  He focuses on how software affords new forms of control in digital communication systems and is launching a new project called Programming the Vote.  He is now an assistant professor at Concordia University.




temaTema Milstein, defended in 2006 and now an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico. We have one book chapter and one article together, both on the topic of the political economy of personal information.




justinJustin Reedy, defended in 2012.  He worked as a managing editor on the Handbook of Internet Politics and did a chapter on the impact of the internet on the initiative process.  He is a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma and a research associate in the Center for Risk, Crisis & Resilience.




fahedFahed Al-Sumait, defended in 2010 and won the dissertation of the year award from the National Communication Association.  He’s had a post doc at the National University of Singapore and is now an Assistant Professor of Communication at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait.