Appointments and Affiliations


downloadSince 2016 I have had an appointment as a statutory professor at Oxford University, with the Oxford Internet Institute, and an endowed chair at Balliol College. I serve as director of research for the institute, and manage a large multinational team on a 5-year project on “Computational Propaganda” funded by the European Research Consortium.

towSince 2013 I have 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.

thuwSince 2002 I have had academic appointments as at the University of Washington, moving from Assistant, through to Associate and then full Professor. Currently I am a Visiting Professor in the Department of Communication, and have courtesy appointments at the Jackson School of International Studies, the Information School and the Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies.


thceuBetween 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.

thcolumbia_university_logoIn 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“.

Princeton-Logo 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).

thstanfordIn 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).

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

pewBetween 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).

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

I have been a Fellow at the Pew Internet & American Life Project in Washington D.C. and at the LSE’s Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research.