Professor Philip Howard

Philip Howard (photo: Rob Judges)

Professor Philip Howard

BA Toronto, MSc LSE, PhD Northwestern
Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute and Professorial Fellow
Academic subject(s): 
Internet Studies

Professor Howard has written numerous empirical research articles, published in a number of disciplines, on the use of digital media for social control in both democracies and authoritarian regimes. He investigates the impact of digital media on political life around the world, and he is a frequent commentator on global media and political affairs. His research has demonstrated the ways digital media is used in social control and political activism in countries around the world. His projects on bots, digital activism, global information access, and political Islam have been supported by the European Research Council, National Science Foundation, US Institutes of Peach, and Intel’s People and Practices Group.

He has published eight books and over 100 academic articles, book chapters, conference papers, and commentary essays. His articles examine the role of new information and communication technologies in politics and social development, and he has published in peer review journals such as the American Behavioral Scientist, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and The Journal of Communication. His most recent books include Democracy’s Fourth Wave? Digital Media and the Arab Spring (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2012), Castells and the Media (London, UK: Polity, 2011) and The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2010).

He also holds a faculty appointment at the University of Washington, and is a fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Centre for Digital Journalism.

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