Graduate Study with Me
I welcome prospective doctoral students interested in studying with me. My group of political communication students typically numbers five or six. They have varied interests in political communication in the US and in other countries, and they generally share a focus on digital media as a context for political behavior and public opinion.
Contact Me about Applying
If you are planning to apply for graduate study at UCSB with me as your advisor, please feel free to get in touch well in advance of the application deadline, so that we can discuss mutual interests and fit.
I occasionally host post-doctoral scholars and pre-doctoral visitors from other universities, but I strongly discourage unsolicited letters proposing an extended visit without any previous exchange or interaction.
Tips on Success in Grad School
Here is an open letter to new doctoral students about success in graduate school. It distills some of what I've observed over the years about the practices and attitudes of doctoral students who are the most satisfied with their experiences earning a PhD.
Letters of Recommendation
Current and former students seeking letters of recommendation for multiple positions should complete this planning worksheet to organize requests. To the extent possible, I will write customized letters for each position, provided I have all the information I need for that, which includes a number of things. See me about using Interfolio, which streamlines the letter process but also reduces the extent to which letters are tailored for specific jobs.
What My Students Work On
Current Ph.D. Students
The flow of news through social media networks
Disinformation and populist political communication in the US and Europe
Fake news and citizen efforts at verifying suspect claims in the US, UK, and France
Recently Completed Ph.D. Students
How cultural differences between Japan and Korea moderate the effects of networks and social influence in collective action
How social signals moderate classical media effects
Role of social media in campaigns for office in Latin America
The dynamics of viral news events
Agenda-setting dynamics between social media and professional news;
The Occupy movement and news media treatment of inequality
Internet skills and political participation
Political consumerism as a form of collective action