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Recent Publications

New Publication: Media Frames in The White House Newsletter

In a new article for Information, Communication, and Society, Francesca Tripodi and Yuanye Ma reveal the important role electoral communication plays in framing current events and the extent to which email is an essential node in the right-wing media ecosystem. By … Continued

Navigating Conflict in Democratic Social Movements

Conflict and harm are inevitable within democratic social movements. In a pair of columns for Interactions by the Association for Computing Machinery, Rachel Kuo and her coauthors explore the role endings and dissolutions play in research and social organizing. In … Continued

Facebook, Google, and the myth of neutrality in political advertising

Bridget Barrett’s new research reveals for the first time that Facebook and Google are the central players in digital political advertising – and they’re hardly neutral content platforms. Her research uses Federal Election Commission data to show just how central … Continued

Explaining anti-CRT campaigns in Scientific American

In a new opinion piece in Scientific American, CITAP faculty Daniel Kreiss, Alice Marwick, and Francesca Tripodi describe how political campaigns against critical race theory (CRT) continue a long tradition of linking racial justice movements to communism as a form … Continued

Our approach

At CITAP, we recognize that effective analysis of technology platforms and information systems requires

  • A holistic approach grounded in history, society, culture, and politics
  • Analyzing how social differences—including race and ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual identity—shapes unequal information ecosystem dynamics
  • Prioritizing questions of power, institutions, and economic, social, cultural, and technological structures
  • Making clear foundational commitments to equality and justice

Research topics

Political processes

Technological tools increasingly interact with our political systems and changes how society thinks about politics. Our work addresses political mechanisms like elections, digital advertising, and communication to better understand these shifts and what they mean for the political landscape.

Featured work

icon of a paper with writing Black Trolls Matter: Racial and Ideological Asymmetries in Social Media Disinformation
by Deen Freelon, Michael Bossetta, Chris Wells, Josephine Lukito, Yiping Xia, and Kirsten Adams
in Social Science Computer Review
icon of a paper with writing Analyzing online political discussion using three models of democratic communication
by Deen Freelon
in New Media & Society
icon of a paper with writing Political identity ownership: Symbolic contests to represent members of the public
by Daniel Kreiss, Shannon McGregor, and Regina Lawrence
in Social Media + Society
icon of a web browser displaying a website CITAP Digital Politics resources


Democracy & equality

The rise of digital communication simultaneously poses threats and offers promise to democracies worldwide. We explore the ways in which democratic practices and equality evolve alongside rapid societal and technological change.

Featured work

icon of a paper with writing Racial justice activist hashtags: Counterpublics and discourse circulation
by Rachel Kuo
in New Media & Society
icon of a paper with writing Talking Politics on Twitter: Gender, Elections, and Social Networks
by Shannon McGregor and Rachel R Mourão
in Social Media + Society
icon of a book Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest
by Zeynep Tufekci


Mis- & disinformation

False and low-quality information sources generate revenue and power for their creators while undermining public trust. CITAP research seeks to understand how mis- and disinformation campaigns are created and spread and how they can be counteracted.

Featured work

icon of a paper with writing Identity propaganda: Racial narratives and disinformation
by Madhavi Reddi, Rachel Kuo, and Daniel Kreiss
in New Media & Society
icon of a paper with writing Why Do People Share Fake News? A Sociotechnical Model of Media Effects
by Alice Marwick
in Georgetown Law Technology Review
icon of a paper with writing Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online
by Becca Lewis and Alice Marwick
published by Data & Society
Critical Disinformation Studies: A Syllabus
by Alice Marwick, Rachel Kuo, Shanice Cameron, & Moira Weigel

Platforms, networks, & infrastructure

The design and operation of communication technologies influence power dynamics and shape our society. CITAP explores these dynamics through studies of various platforms as infrastructure.

Featured work

icon of a paper with writing Ms. Categorized: Gender, notability, and inequality on Wikipedia
by Francesca Tripodi
in New Media & Society
icon of a paper with writing Where Platform Capitalism and Racial Capitalism Meet: The Sociology of Race and Racism in the Digital Society
by Tressie McMillan Cottom
in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
icon of a paper with writing Searching for Alternative Facts: Analyzing Scriptural Inference in Conservative News Practices
by Francesca Tripodi
published by Data & Society