Phil HowardPh.D., Northwestern University, 2002

Office: CMU 141

Philip N. Howard is a professor of communication, information and international studies at the University of Washington and a professor in the School of Public Policy at the Central European University. He investigates the impact of digital media on political life around the world, and his projects on digital activism, global information access, and political Islam have been supported by the National Science FoundationUS Institutes of Peace, and Intel’s People and Practices Group.

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 is the author of New Media Campaigns and the Managed Citizen (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006), about how digital information technologies are used to manipulate public opinion in the United States. His books have won praise from across the social sciences, with awards from the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the International Communication Association. He has edited Society Online: The Internet in Context (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004, with Steve Jones), the Handbook of Internet Politics (London: Routledge, 2008, with Andrew Chadwick) and State Power 2.0:  Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide (Farnham, UK:  Ashgate, 2013, with Muzammil Hussain).  He has authored numerous journal articles examining the role of new information and communication technologies in politics and social development, including pieces in the American Behavioral Scientist, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and New Media & Society. He has worked on several NSF projects, serving on the advisory board of the Survey2000 and Survey2001 Projects, and co-managing a project about Information and Communication Technologies in Central Asia. He teaches courses on research methodspolitics online, and international development. Howard has been a Fellow at the Pew Internet & American Life Project in Washington D.C., the LSE’s Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research, Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and is currently a fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy.  His BA is in political science from Innis College at the University of Toronto, his MSc is in economics from the London School of Economics, and his PhD is in sociology from Northwestern University.  His website is, and he tweets from @pnhoward.

Selected Publications

Howard, Philip N. and Muzammil Hussain, “What Best Explains Successful Protest Cascades? ICTs and the Fuzzy Causes of the Arab Spring.” International Studies Review 15, no. 1 (2013):  48-66.

Howard, Philip N., Muzammil Hussain, and Sheetal Agarwal. “When Do States Disconnect Their Digital Networks?The Communication Review 14, no. 2 (2011):  216-232.

Massanari, Adrienne, and Philip N. Howard.  “Information Technologies and Omnivorous News Diets Over Three U.S. Presidential Elections.” Journal of Information Technology and Politics 8, no. 2,  (2011): 177-198.