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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. My research in communication and technology is oriented 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 published articles and chapters map the “civic technology” 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 might 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. My preferred quantitative and qualitative methods include trace data analysis, surveys, interviews, and participant observation. 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.