Published Research


2012. The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy. Oxford University Press. Winner of the 2013 Best Book Award from the Information Technology & Politics section of the American Political Science Association

2016. Analytic Activism: Digital Listening and the New Political Strategy. Oxford University Press.

Articles and Book Chapters

March 2008. “Measuring Influence in the Political Blogosphere: Who’s Winning and How Can We Tell?” Institute for Politics Democracy and the Internet’ Politics and Technology Review.  pps 33-41

December 2008.  “Understanding Blogspace.”  Journal of Information Technology and Politics.  Volume 5, Issue 4.  Routledge Press.  Pps 369-395

May 2010. “Macaca Moments Revisited… Electoral Panopticon or Netroots Mobilization?Journal of Information Technology and Politics. Special Issue on YouTube and the 2008 Election. volume 7, no 2. Pps 143-162.

September 2009. “Blogosphere Research: A Mixed-Methods Approach to Rapidly Changing SystemsIEEE Intelligent Systems. Volume 24, Number 5.  Pps 67-70.

June 2010. “Measuring Success of Digital Campaigns.” Book chapter, Mary Joyce, ed. Digital Activism Decoded: The New Mechanics of Change. IDebate Press.

December 2010. “Online Political Mobilization from the Advocacy Group’s PerspectivePolicy & Internet Volume 2, Issue 4, Article 2.

January 2011. “Implications of the Mobile Web for Online/Offline Reputation Systems” IEEE Intelligent Systems, Special Issue on “Society Online: Best Papers from the Websci’09 Conference”. Volume 26, Issue 1.

September 2011. “Open Source Political Community Development: A Five Stage Adoption Process.” Journal of Information Technology and Politics. Volume 8, Issue 2/3, pp. 323-345.

March 2012. “Social Science Research Methods In Internet Time” Information, Communication, and Society. (Online First version)

July 2012. “School of Hard Knocks: Netroots Political Associations.” Chapter in Herrnson, Wilcox, and Deering (ed.) Interest Groups Unleashed. Washington, DC: CQ Press. p. 205-224.

October 2013. “How Will the Internet Change American Interest Groups?” chapter in Grossmann (ed.) New Directions in Interest Group Politics. New York: Routledge Press.

October 2013. “E-government and Its Limitations: Assessing the True Demand Curve for Citizen Participation.” Selected Papers of Internet Research, IR14.

October 2013: “The Internet and American Political Campaigns.” The Forum. Volume 11, Issue 3. Pp 413-428.

November 2013, “Comment on ‘Organization in the Crowd: Peer Production in Large-scale Networked Protests.” Information, Communication, and Society. Volume 17, Issue 2. Pp. 261-263.

September 2014. “Of Big Birds and Bayonets: Hybrid Twitter Interactivity in the 2012 Presidential Debates.” (with Deen Freelon). Information, Communication, and Society. Volume 18, Issue 4, pp. 390-406.

November 2014. “Blogosphere Authority Index 2.0: Change and Continuity in the American Political Blogosphere, 2007-2010.” Chapter in Gibson, Cantijoch, and Cunill (ed.) Analyzing Social Media and Web Networks: New Methods for Political Science. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

June 2015. “Introduction: The Role of Qualitative Methods in Political Communication Research: Past, Present, and Future.” (with Daniel Kreiss, Rasmus Klein Nielsen, and Matthew Powers.) International Journal of Communication. Volume 9, Number 19.

July 2015. “Looking at the Man Behind the Curtain: Computational Management in ‘Spontaneous’ Citizen Political Campaigning.” Chapter in Langlois, Redden & Elmer (ed.) Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data. London: Bloomsbury.

2015. “The Partisan Technology Gap.” Chapter in Gordon & Milhailidis (ed.) Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

April 2017. “Digital politics after Trump.” Annals of the International Communication Association. Volume 41, Issue 2, pp. 198-207.

Non-Academic Articles

February 2011. “Wisconsin and the Limits of Web Power.” The Guardian Online.

November 2013. “Netroots Goes Global.” The Nation.

June 2016. “The Clickbait Candidate.” Chronicle of Higher Education.

November 2016. “This Election Violates Everything We Thought We Knew about Data.”

February 2017. “Step 1 for Effective Advocacy in the Age of Trump: Learn to Listen Better.” Nonprofit Quarterly. (Winter 2016 issue)

February 2017. “Will the Real Psychometric Targeters Please Stand Up?” Civicist.

July 2017. “Digital Protest and the Long Arc of History.” The American Prospect.

July 2017. “A Media Theory of Movement Power.” Nonprofit Quarterly. (Summer 2017 issue).

October 2017. “People are hyperventilating over a study of Russian propaganda on Facebook. Just breathe deeply.” The Monkey Cage blog,





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