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David A Karpf Faculty Member

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I primarily teach and conduct research on strategic political communication in the digital age. This includes teaching graduate and undergraduate courses and supervising capstone projects in strategic political communication. It also features a research agenda that touches on (1) online political advocacy, (2) social movement activism, (3) changes to electoral politics, and (4) lessons from the history of the digital future. I contribute to debates surrounding these topics through a combination of scholarly publications (books, journal articles, and chapters in edited volumes) and public-facing publications and conferences (timely op-eds and blog posts, most frequently). I also contribute to them through participation in scholarly communities (including the Social Science Research Network and the Scholar Strategy Network), and through service at the departmental and professional level. From April to December 2021, my research output continued to be dampened by the aftermath of the pandemic -- as a parent of two small children, I had to put nearly all research on hold for two weeks in the fall semester when my child's preschool went on lockdown. I am continuing a major new research project on the history of the digital future that will eventually become my third book. But I attended only one (digital) conference and published no peer-reviewed articles. I now have two works in progress that should be ready for journal submission in the next few months, and several other essays that will appear in public-facing venues. But I have learned to expect and accept disruption of my workflow as a reality of life-with-small-kids during this endless pandemic.

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