I am an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at the Ohio State University. My research concerns online political communication, online news, and the ways in which citizens and activists use new technologies to shape their engagement with contentious political topics. My most recent work, which is supported by an NSF CAREER award, focuses on how people’s exposure to and perceptions of political information are related to their political beliefs. My work has been published in a number of outlets, including the Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Political Behavior, the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Communications of the ACM, Daedalus, and Information, Communication & Society.
Before joining the faculty at OSU, I was a Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO) at the University of California, Irvine. My work at CRITO, which was done in collaboration with Jim Danziger, focused on the role of information and communication technologies in the work environment and in local politics.
I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Michigan School of Information in 2005. My dissertation, which examines whether individuals are using the control afforded by the Internet to limit their exposure to information supporting viewpoints other than their own, received the NCA’s Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award. My committee was chaired by Paul Resnick, and members included Paul N. Edwards, W. Russell Neuman (then at the University of Michigan Communication Studies department), and Bruce Bimber (UC Santa Barbara, Communication and Political Science).