Professor Andrew Chadwick

BSocSc (Birmingham), MSc (London School of Economics), PhD (London School of Economics)

  • Professor of Political Communication
  • Director of the Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C)

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 Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Communication and Media, Research Beacon leader for Political Communication, and developed and launched Loughborough’s new MA Social Media and Political Communication, which taught its first cohort students from September 2019.

Andrew’s books include The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power (Oxford University Press, 2013, 272pp; Second Edition, 2017, 346pp), which won the 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; 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. Andrew’s first book—a study of the discourses and communication forms of British liberal, socialist, and feminist movements for democratic reform during the early twentieth century was based on his doctoral dissertation and entitled Augmenting Democracy: Political Movements and Constitutional Reform During the Rise of Labour. It was recently re-released in the Routledge Revivals series.

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.

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

Andrew is the founding series editor of Oxford University Press’ book series Oxford Studies in Digital Politics, which launched in 2010 and currently features 30 books. Series books have received 15 international book awards to date. Andrew also serves on the editorial boards of New Media & Society, the International Journal of Press/Politics, and Social Media and Society.

During 2013 and 2014 Andrew served (unpaid) as one of the eight founding Commissioners on the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement. Over the 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. In 2019 he became an advisor (unpaid) to Clean up the Internet, a new, independent, UK-based organisation concerned about the degradation in online discourse and its implications for democracy.

Andrew has given keynote speeches in Canada, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom, and invited lectures in Austria, Canada, Italy, Norway, Spain, the United States, at many universities across Britain, and at other public institutions including the Parliament of Canada, the UK Parliament, the UK Cabinet Office, the US Congressional Research Service, the RSA, the US Embassy in London, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the Institute of Historical Research, the European Parliament Information Office, the UK Labour Party, and Policy Network.

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 centre 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.

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 website. 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."
  • Harvey Dodds: “Social class and social media.”
  • 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.” Following a period as Senior Lecturer in Communication at the University of the Arts, London, Simon recently returned to professional public relations practice with Blackbook London.
  • 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.” Declan is currently a postdoctoral researcher on the ESRC-funded project on UK alternative media at Cardiff University.
  • Ellen Watts (2018) “Celebrities as Political Representatives: Explaining the Exchangeability of Celebrity Capital in the Political Field.” Ellen is currently a lecturer in qualitative research methods in the Department of Methodology at LSE.
  • Amy P. Smith (2018) “Commodification and control: news media agenda setting during the 2015 United Kingdom general election.” Amy is currently a lecturer in politics at the University of Sheffield.
  • James Dennis (2015) “‘It’s Better to Light a Candle than to Fantasize About a Sun’: Exploring Social Media and ‘Slacktivism.’” James is currently Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Portsmouth. His dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section Best Dissertation Award, 2017.
  • Aaron Bastani (2015) “Strike! Occupy! Retweet!: The Relationship Between Collective and Connective Action in Austerity Britain.” Aaron is the author of Fully Automated Luxury Communism (Verso, 2019), co-founder of Novara Media, and a contributor to the Guardian, the London Review of Books, the New York Times, Vice, and Open Democracy, among many other outlets.
  • Christopher Boerl (2012) “A Kingdom Divided: New Media, the Fragmentation of Evangelical Cultural Values, and U.S. Politics.” Dr Boerl was communications manager for Mike Williams for Congress 2012, currently works for Teach for America, a U.S.-wide educational non-profit, and is chair for New Bedford in the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
  • Nick Anstead (2009) “Party System Variables and the Impact of the Internet: A US-UK Comparison.” Nick is currently an Associate Professor in Political Communication in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.
  • Dr Yenn Lee (2009) “The Internet and the 2002 Presidential Election in Korea.” Yenn is a lecturer in social science research methods at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
  • Vaccari, C. and Chadwick, A. (2020). ‘Deepfakes and Disinformation: Exploring the Impact of Synthetic Political Video on Deception, Uncertainty, and Trust in News’ Social Media and Society, January-March, pp. 1-13.

  • Chadwick, A. (2019). The New Crisis of Public Communication: Challenges and Opportunities for Future Research on Digital Media and Politics. Online Civic Culture Centre, Loughborough University, December 2019. 22pp.
  • Chadwick, A. and Vaccari, C. (2019) News Sharing on UK Social Media: Misinformation, Disinformation & Correction. Online Civic Culture Centre, Loughborough University. 32pp.
  • 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.