An excerpt from my book chapter in Digital Activism Decoded is now up on the meta-activismsite.  The chapter is titled “Measuring the Success of Digital Campaigns” and is written for an audience of digital activism practitioners rather than academics (translation: very little literature review + some relatable personal stories from my days as an environmental organizer).

The whole book is available for free download at, and the hard copy version will be available June 30th.  Special thanks to Mary Joyce and the team at DigiActive for inviting me to participate in this exciting collaboration.

UPDATE – now with video!

We held a book launch event in NYC on July 20th, which included brief overviews from several of the authors and some outstanding Q&A.  I speak from 12:30 to 15:00, and throughout the Q&A.  Thanks to Not and Alternative for hosting the event.

I’m thrilled to announce that, beginning in September 2010, I’ll be joining the faculty of the Rutgers School of Communication and Information as an Assistant Professor in the Journalism and Media Studies Department.

Additionally, I’ll be joining the Yale Information Society Project as a Visiting Fellow for the 2010-11 schoolyear.

Finally, I’ve joined the strategy group for the newly-launched Meta-Activism Project.

Looking forward to working with all of my new colleagues…

I’ll be presenting a whole slew of new work this spring.

April 23rd I’ll be presenting a paper on interest group endorsements in the 2008 Presidential Primary at the Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting.

May 6th and 7th I’ll be at the Politics of Open Source conference at UMass-Amherst, presenting a theory-building piece on online community-of-interest formation (redeveloped from chapter 2 of the dissertation).

May 20th and 21st I’ll be at the Political Networks Conference at Duke, presenting the preliminary version of a new data collection project that gathers and analyzes email appeals from a large set of the progressive advocacy groups.  The email analysis will eventually have 6 months of data, whereas I’ll be presenting at Duke based on the first 3 months of data collected.

I’ll post the conference papers to this site once they’re polished.  As always, comments and suggestions appreciated.

The publisher of Journal of Information Technology and Politics has decided to make the top 5 most-downloaded articles of 2009 available for free here.

As the copyright is held by Taylor and Francis, I have only included a link to the firewalled informaworld page for my “Understanding Blogspace” article through this site.  Thanks to everyone who paid to download the article in 2009, it is now available for free in 2010.

On Sunday, November 1st, I moderated a book salon discussion of Matthew Kerbel’s Netroots: Online Progressives and the Transformation of American Politics.  Professor Kerbel and I served on a panel together this summer at Netroots Nation, and I highly recommend his book.

I’d like to thank Professor Kerbel, Beverly Wright, and the FireDogLake community for the very interesting time (as well as Henry Farrell for the initial suggestion).  For those who are interested in learning more about the book, my writeup and the discussion that followed are available here.

Special thanks to Professor Hsinchun Chen, Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems, for the invitation to contribute to their forum on “trends and controversies in AI, E-government, and Politics 2.0.”

The short piece was published in the September/October 2009 issue (volume 24, number 5) and a PDF is available here and on my “conference papers and published works” page.   In it, I discuss the Blogosphere Authority Index and some of the challenges confronting web researchers.

A revised version of my conference paper for the “YouTube and the 2008 Election” Conference has now been accepted for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics.  This paper offers a pair of case studies on the 2006 Virginia Senate race (Allen v Webb) and the 2008 MN-06 House race (Bachmann v Tinklenberg) to make the argument that so-called “Macaca Moments” have more to do with netroots political mobilization than with the new media environment provided by YouTube.

A pre-publication version of the piece is available on my “Conference Papers and Published Works” page.  This will be substituted with a link to the actual article once it is published.


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