I am a professor of political science at California Lutheran University. I specialize in studying the role that social media plays in restructuring political behavior and institutions. I published a book entitled Facebook Democracy (Routledge Press) which looks at the role that the popular social network played on the formation of political identity across different countries. My most recent work (with CLU colleagues Richard Neve and Brian Collins) looks at they ways in which social media platforms encourage antagonistic political discourse and how they could be regulated. In addition, I (with collaborators) am using computational social science methods on a number of projects including using machine learning to predict support or opposition to fracking on Twitter, a study of how and individuals censor themselves when discussing politics on Facebook, and a project on uncovering the topic structure of Reddit comments on WallStreetBets. In 2018, I organized a mini-conference on Algorithmic Politics for the Western Political Science Association. Currently, I am working on a book that looks at the effect of the “Algorithmic Age” on political citizenship. I also write about diversity, multiculturalism and citizenship and I’m a massive US soccer fan. You can here me talk about both on a recent podcast.
- B.S., Florida State University
- M.S., Florida Atlantic University
- Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
Courses I Teach (or Have Taught)
- Algorithms, Data and Politics
- Social Media and Politics (with Aaron Heresco) --- here is a video discussion of the class
- Social Media as Data - Intro to Natural Language Processing and Network Analysis
- Scope and Methods of Political Science
- Race, Multiculturalism and Politics
- Contemporary Issues in Public Policy
- Modern Political Thought
- American Political Thought
- Introduction to Political Science
- The Politics of Community Development
- Seminar in Citizenship and Civic Engagement
2021. "The Devil We Know & The Angel that Did Not Fly: An Examination of Devil/Angel Shift in Twitter Fracking “Debates” in NY 2008-2018." Review of Policy Research with Andy Pattison and William Cipoli
2000. Reprinted in: Wilbur Rich (ed.) The Economics and Politics of Sports Facilities. Westport, Connecticut: Quorum Books.
2013. "Profile Politics: Examining Polarization through Congressional Member Facebook Pages" in S. Kelly and S. Frisch eds. Politics to the Extreme: American Political Institutions in the 21st Century. Palgrave McMillan.
Articles and Essays
2021. “Fracking Twitter: Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing Tools for the Identification of Coalition and Causal Narratives”. With Will Cipolli and Jose Marichal. Presented at the Midwest Political Science Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. April 9, 2022.
2019. Topic Modeling Trump Tweets: A Computational Grounded Theory Approach to Understanding Social Media Political Talk. Presented at the 2019 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. April 19-22.
2019. Fracking Twitter: Applying the Narrative Policy Framework to fracking debates in New York. Presented at the 2019 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. April 4-7. With Andy Pattison and William Cipioli.
2018. Factory Farmed Citizens: Social Media, the Public Sphere and Algorithmic Obligation. Presented at the Eight Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics at Loyola University. Chicago, IL. November 9, 2018. With Brian Collins and Richard Neve.
2018. Antagonistic Bias: Developing a Typology of Agonistic Talk on Twitter Using Gun Control Networks. Presented at the 2018 Western Political Science Assocation Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. April 14-16. With Richard Neve.
2018. The Role of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Democratic Life. Invited Talk at Whitman College. Walla Walla, Washington. April 23, 2018.
2017. A Social network Analysis of the Resistance Twitter Ecology. Presented at the 2017 APSA Political Neworks Conference. Columbus, OH. June 14-16. With Ryan Mundy and Jack Rockwood.
2015. Microactivism: Explaining the Determinants of Effective Campaigns through Social Media Ecologies. Presented at the 2015 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference. Las Vegas, NV. April 2-4.
2014. Civic Hacking, Place Based Social Networks and Urban Power. Presented at the 2014 Western Political Science Assocation Annual Conference. Seattle, WA. April 17-19.
2013. Roundtable: Public Intellectualism: Academics who Engage in Real-Time Politics Through New Media. Presented at the 2014 Western Political Science Assocation Annual Conference. Hollywood, CA. April 17-19.
2012. Latino Participation Dynamics in the 2011 Occupy Wall Street Movement. Presented at the 2012 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference. Portland, OR. March 22-24, 2012.
2011. Bringing the Blogosphere into the Classroom: Strategies for Incorporating External Discourses. Presented at the 2011 American Sociological Association Annual Conference. Las Vegas, NV. August 22, 2011.
2011. The Role of Digital Skills in the Formation of Trust and Efficacy Among Latinos. Presented at the 2011 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference. San Antonio, TX. April 23, 2011. With Jessica Lavariega Monforti.
2010. "Political Facebok Groups: Microactivism and the Digital Front Stage." Presented and the Oxford Internet Institute's Internet, Poltics, Policy: an Impact Assessment Conference. Oxford, England. September 16-17, 2010.
2010. "Red State, Red Blog, Blue State, Blue Blog?" with Ryan Kushigemachi. Presented at the 2010 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. March 31, 2010.
2010. Citizenship in the Cloud: Exploring Civic Obligations in Web 2.0 Space. Presented at the 2010 Western Political Science Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. April 1, 2010.
2009. CyberPower: Social Production and Urban Politics. Presented at the 2009 American Sociological Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. August 10, 2009.
2008. "Diversity in the Cloud." Keynote Talk at the 2008 Association of Lutheran College Faculty Annual Conference. Decorah, IA. June 30.
2007. “Improving HIV Prevention and Care for Ventura County Latinos: A Case Study of Community-Based Action Research” with Adina Nack. Presented as part of the CLU Center for Leadership and Values Alma Peterson Distinguished lecture Series. May 3, 2007 and as part of the Social for the Study of Social Problems Annual Conference. New York, New York. August 10.
2007. “Youth Civic Engagement: Diversifying Neighborhood Councils in Los Angeles” with Haco Hoang. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Westin Hotel, Seattle, Washington. April 23.
2007. “Will this Engagement Make it to the Alter? The Paradox of Diversity and Civic Engagement.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, California. February 17.
2006. “Creating Cross-Culturally Engaged Citizens: The Challenge and Opportunities for Lutheran Higher Learning.” presented at the 2006 Association of Lutheran College Faculty annual conference, Nelson Room, Thousand Oaks, CA. October 5.
2006. “You Call This Service? The Effect of Project Type on Deficiency Paradigms in a Service Learning Project.” Presented at the annual meeting of the The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Apr 20.
2006. ”Boliamos Solos o Juntos? (Do we Bowl Alone or Together?): A Survey of Leadership Framings among Latino Youth.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mar 17. Also presented at the 2006. Segerhammer Faith and Life Conference. February 10, 2006.
2005. “When Does Gender fit into Diversity: Unpacking the Micropolitics of Diversity” Presented as part of the CLU Gender and Women’s Studies Speaker Series. March.
2005. “The Struggle Over "Scapes": Bringing Identity into Minority Incorporation Theory” Presented as part of the CLU Gender and Women’s Studies Speaker Series. March.
2005. Urban Affairs Association Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, CA. 2004. “Governing Difference: The Role of Diversity Ecologies.” American Association of Colleges and Universities Diversity and Learning Conference. Nashville, TN. October 2004.