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Professor Andrew Chadwick

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Professor of Political Communication

Andrew Chadwick (BSocSc Birmingham, MSc London School of Economics, PhD London School of Economics) is Professor of Political Communication and Director of the Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C). He is also the University’s Research Beacon leader for Political Communication and developed and launched Loughborough’s new MA Social Media and Political Communication.

Andrew’s books include The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power (Oxford University Press, 2013, 272pp; Second Edition, 2017, 346pp), which won the 2016 International Journal of Press/Politics Book Award for an outstanding book on media and politics published in the previous ten years and the American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section Best Book Award, 2014; The Handbook of Internet Politics, co-edited with Philip N. Howard (Routledge 2009, 528pp), and Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2006, 400pp), which won the American Sociological Association Best Book Award (Communication and Information Technologies Section) and is among the most widely-cited books in its field.

At Loughborough Andrew teaches courses on political communication, digital media & society, and media & social change.

Andrew is the series editor of Oxford University Press’ book series Oxford Studies in Digital Politics, which currently features 27 books. Series books have received 13 international book awards to date. Andrew was a founding Associate Editor of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and continues as a Senior Editorial Board member for the journal, which is published by Routledge. He also serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Press/Politics (Sage) and Social Media and Society (Sage).

During 2013 and 2014 Andrew served (unpaid) as one of the eight founding Commissioners on the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement. In recent years, he has made print and broadcast media appearances, including on BBC Radio Four’s Thinking AllowedThe Moral Maze, and The World at One, as well as Sky News. He has authored articles for the British and U.S. press, including The Independent and the Washington Post.

Andrew recently co-edited (with Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Syracuse University) a special issue of the International Journal of Press/Politics on Digital Media, Power, and Democracy in Parties and Election Campaigns.

The second edition of The Hybrid Media System, featuring an extensive new chapter applying the conceptual framework to the extraordinary 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and the rise of Donald Trump, published in 2017.

Recently he completed two projects: one on dual screening and political engagement (with Cristian Vaccari and Ben O'Loughlin) and another on social media and think tank authority, supported by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

Andrew is currently working on three new research projects: a project explaining the ingredients that enable the sharing of misinformation and disinformation on social media; the establishment of a new £300,000 Centre for Doctoral Training at Loughborough University, the Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C); and a new book, Social Media and the Future of Democracy, to be published by Oxford University Press.

In his previous position at Royal Holloway (2001–2017) Andrew was Head of Department (2006–2009) and founder and director of the New Political Communication Unit (2007–2017). The Times Higher featured him in a profile article in September 2017 when he was appointed to an Excellence 100 Professorship at Loughborough.

For more information about Andrew Chadwick’s research, publications, teaching, and PhD supervision, visit his personal webpage. You can also follow him on Twitter.

Current postgraduate research students

  • Catherine Baker: "Examining the construction of misogyny online: a case study of the “incel” subculture."
  • Lewis Brown: "The political knowledge industry."
  • Meghan Conroy: "Understanding the spread of online misinformation that rejects scientific consensus: audiences, platforms, and algorithms."
  • Andrew Ross: "Understanding the technological democratisation of public opinion cues."

Recent postgraduate research students

  • Simon Collister (2019) “Hybridity, Materiality & Choreography: Towards a Theory of Mediated Power in a Networked Communication Environment.”
  • Declan Mcdowell-Naylor (2019) “The Participatory, Communicative, and Organisational Dimensions of Public-Making: Public Engagement and The Development of Autonomous Vehicles in the United Kingdom.”
  • Ellen Watts (2018) “Celebrities as Political Representatives: Explaining the Exchangeability of Celebrity Capital in the Political Field.”
  • Amy P. Smith (2018) “Commodification and control: news media agenda setting during the 2015 United Kingdom general election”
  • James Dennis (2015) “‘It’s Better to Light a Candle than to Fantasize About a Sun’: Exploring Social Media and ‘Slacktivism.’”
  • Aaron Bastani (2015) “Strike! Occupy! Retweet!: The Relationship Between Collective and Connective Action in Austerity Britain.”
  • Christopher Boerl (2012) “A Kingdom Divided: New Media, the Fragmentation of Evangelical Cultural Values, and U.S. Politics.”
  • Nick Anstead (2009) “Party System Variables and the Impact of the Internet: A US-UK Comparison.”
  • Yeon-ok Lee (2009) “The Internet and the 2002 Presidential Election in Korea.”
  • Guido Reinke (2009) “The European Information Society: Governance and the Policy-Making Process.”
  • Chadwick, A., Vaccari, C. and O'Loughlin, B. (2018) ‘Do Tabloids Poison the Well of Social Media? Explaining Democratically Dysfunctional News Sharing' New Media & Society 20 (11), pp. 4255–4274. DOI: 10.1177/1461444818769689
  • Chadwick, A., McDowell-Naylor, D., Smith, A. P. and Watts, E. (2018) ‘Authority Signaling: How Relational Interactions between Journalists and Politicians Create Primary Definers in U.K. Broadcast News' Journalism. DOI: 10.1177/1464884918762848
  • Anstead, N. and Chadwick, A. (2018) ‘A Primary Definer Online: The Construction and Propagation of a Think Tank’s Authority on Social Media' Media, Culture & Society 40 (2), pp. 246–266. DOI: 10.1177/0163443717707341
  • Chadwick, A. (2017) The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power (Second Edition) (Oxford University Press), 368pp.
  • Chadwick, A., O'Loughlin, B. and Vaccari, C. (2017) ‘Why People Dual Screen Political Debates and Why It Matters for Democratic Engagement' Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 61 (2). pp. 220–239. DOI: 10.1080/08838151.2017.1309415
  • Chadwick, A. and Stromer-Galley, J. (2016) ‘Digital Media, Power, and Democracy in Parties and Election Campaigns: Party Decline or Party Renewal?‘ International Journal of Press/Politics 21 (3), pp. 283–294. In: Chadwick, A. and Stromer-Galley, J. (eds) Special Issue of the International Journal of Press/Politics on ‘Digital Media, Power, and Democracy in Parties and Election Campaigns.’ DOI: 10.1177/1940161216646731
  • Vaccari, C., Chadwick, A. and O'Loughlin, B. (2015) ‘Dual Screening the Political: Media Events, Social Media, and Citizen Engagement’ Journal of Communication 65 (6), pp. 1041–1061. DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12187
  • Chadwick, A. and Collister, S. (2014) ‘Boundary-Drawing Power and the Renewal of Professional News Organizations: The Case of the Guardian and the Edward Snowden NSA Leak’ International Journal of Communication 8, pp. 2420–2441.