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I’m Andrew Schrock, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. I’ve oriented my research in communication and technology around two complementary topic areas:

Data & Democracy

I seek to understand the social and political implications of a shift towards data-driven governance. While this is expanding to a book project, a few articles and chapters already map the “open data movement” – municipal governments, organizations and “civic hackers” involved in data interpretation and software production. I’m particularly interested in moments of public participation, or conversely, how government can be more considerate of the public good. This work tends to be culturally situated and draws on literature in political participation, technical or “hacker” cultures, and infrastructures.

Mobile Communication

I also research how longitudinal shifts in mobile and social media alter communication, practices, and subsequent outcomes for social cohesion. I’m particularly interested in mobile-mediated visual communication, a topic explored in my dissertation in the context of new parents. This work extends research I performed with danah boyd on online communication habits of teens, and my MA thesis, which explored youth dependency relations with social network sites (SNSs). Theoretically this work draws on media ecologies, affordances, and sociology.

My research has appeared in New Media & Society; the International Journal of Communication; Information, Communication & Society; and American Behavioral Scientist. I’m currently working with the E-Rhythms Project on mobile communication led by Jeff Boase, and Open Data LA, which is examining open government data in Los Angeles. I’m also associated with The Annenberg Lab (with François Bar) and Civic Paths (with Henry Jenkins).

Theoretically I draw from communication, sociology, and materialities. My empirical research employs quantitative and qualitative methods including trace data analysis, surveys, interviews, participant observation and experiments. Specific research interests include:

  • Mobile communication
  • Civic engagement and political participation
  • Social Media
  • Visual Communication
  • Hacking and Hacker culture
  • Open Data

In my spare time I work on my garden, spend time with my daughter, and use payphone hacking as a way to do community-oriented design.