Appointments and Affiliations


I am a statutory professor at Oxford University and have an endowed chair at Balliol College. I have helped lead the Oxford Internet Institute since arriving at Oxford in 2016, serving with terms as Director of Research and Head of Department.  I founded and now direct Oxford University’s Programme on Democracy and Technology.


Starting in 2013 I had an appointment as a Fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. I edited a series of working papers featuring research about social media and journalistic values.

From 2002 I had academic appointments as at the University of Washington, moving from Assistant, through to Associate and then full Professor, with appointments at the Jackson School of International Studies, the Information School, the Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies and the Department of Communication.

Between 2013 and 2015 I helped found the School of Public Policy at Central European University as its Founding Professor, and served as Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society.

In 2012 I was a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. I taught a graduate level course “Digital Networks, Democracy and Dictatorship“.

Between 2011 and 2013 I was a Fellow in the Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, specifically the Center for Information Technology Policy. I published several articles, and researched and wrote Pax Technica (Yale University Press, 2015).

In 2008 I was a Fellow at Stanford University’s?Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, I published several articles, and researched and wrote Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2010).

In 2005 I was a Visiting Professor at the University of Oslo, where I taught “Comparative Sociology” in the Comparative Social Science Program.

Between 1999 and 2001 I was a Research Fellow at the Pew Internet and American Life Project in Washington D.C., during which I did the bulk of the research for my first book,?The Managed Citizen?(New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

I taught “Environmental Politics” and “Organizational Sociology” as an Instructor at Northwestern University.

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