Research

My research agenda is situated at the nexus of comparative political communication and comparative democratization. It investigates the ability of civil society actors – such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social movements, and interest groups – to shape media agendas, discourse, and policy in a range of regime types. I am also interested in how digital network affordances affect the organizational structure of these civil society actors, as well as their framing and agenda-setting capabilities in ever more distributed news environments. The thematic domain in which most of this research is placed relates to electoral integrity and civil society actors’ role in democratization processes.
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Electoral Integrity Domestic election monitors
"Presidential Elections" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by UNAMID Photo "2009 Elections, Indonesia" (CC BY 2.0) by DFAT photo library
NGOs and News Digitally enabled activism
"Mozambique Commonwealth Observer Group 2" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Commonwealth Secretariat "Chiapas - Distrito 03" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by dimitridf