A PDF version of my CV is available here (updated 10/10/14). What follows is a professional bio and publication list.
My name is Deen Freelon, and I am an assistant professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. My primary research interests lie in the changing relationships between technology and politics, and encompass the study of weblogs, online forums, social media, and other forms of interactive media with political applications. Collecting and analyzing large amounts of such data (i.e. millions of tweets, Facebook wall posts, etc.) require methods drawn from the fields of computer science and information science, which I am helping to adapt to the long-standing interests of political communication research. Beyond that, I also have an interest in quantitative research methods generally and intercoder reliability specifically, one manifestation of which is the online intercoder reliability calculator ReCal which is housed on this site.
Here are some papers I’ve written or co-written. I will provide PDF links to preprints whenever copyright allows. New papers will be added as they become available. Like many academics, I’m often too busy to update this list regularly, so if you’re interested in my most recent work I suggest you visit my automatically-updated Google Scholar profile page.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
- Freelon, D., Lynch, M., & Aday, S. (in press). Online fragmentation in wartime: A longitudinal network analysis of tweets about Syria, 2011-2013. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. [pdf]
- Freelon, D., & Karpf, D. (in press). Of Big Birds and bayonets: Hybrid Twitter interactivity in the 2012 presidential debates. Information, Communication & Society. [pdf]
- Lynch, M., Freelon, D., & Aday, S. (in press). Syria in the Arab Spring? The integration and disintegration of Syria’s conflict with the Arab uprisings, 2011-13. Research and Politics. [link]
- Freelon, D., Merritt, S., & Jaymes, T. (in press). Focus on the tech: Internet centrism in global protest coverage. Digital Journalism. [pdf]
- Freelon, D. (in press). Discourse architecture, ideology, and democratic norms in online political discussion. New Media & Society. [pdf]
- Pearce, K. E., Freelon, D., & Kendzior, S. (2014). The effect of the Internet on civic engagement under authoritarianism: The case of Azerbaijan. First Monday, 19(6). [html]
- Freelon, D. (2014). On the interpretation of digital trace data in communication and social computing research. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 58(1), 59-75. [pdf]
- Freelon, D., Wells, C., & Bennett, W. L. (2013). Participation in the youth civic web: Assessing user activity levels in web sites presenting two civic styles. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 10(3), 293-309. [pdf]
- Aday, S., Farrell, H., Freelon, D., Lynch, M., Sides, J., & Dewar, M. (2013). Watching from afar: Media consumption patterns around the Arab Spring. American Behavioral Scientist, 57(7), 899-919. [pdf]
- Freelon, D. (2013). ReCal OIR: Ordinal, interval, and ratio intercoder reliability as a web service. International Journal of Internet Science, 8(1), 10-16. [link]
- Freelon, D., Kriplean, T., Morgan, J., Bennett, W. L., & Borning, A. (2012). Facilitating diverse political engagement with the Living Voters Guide. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 9(3), 279-297. [pdf]
- Bennett, W. L., Wells, C. & Freelon, D. (2011). Communicating citizenship online: Models of civic learning in the youth web sphere. Journal of Communication 61(5), 835-856. [pdf]
- Freelon, D. (2011). Talking among themselves: Online youth civic communication in managed and autonomous environments. Information, Communication & Society, 14(2), 198-218. [pdf]
- Freelon, D. (2010). Analyzing online political discussion using three models of democratic communication. New Media & Society, 12(7), 1172-1190. [pdf]
- Freelon, D. (2010). ReCal: Intercoder reliability calculation as a web service. International Journal of Internet Science, 5(1), 20-33. [link]
- Kriplean, T., Morgan, J., Freelon, D., Borning, A., & Bennett, L. (2012). Supporting reflective public thought with Considerit. In Proceedings of the ACM 2012 conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (pp. 265-274). ACM. [pdf]
- Kriplean, T., Morgan, J. T., Freelon, D., Borning, A., & Bennett, L. (2011). ConsiderIt: Improving structured public deliberation. In CHI’11 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1831-1836). ACM. [pdf]
- Freelon, D. (in press). On the cutting edge of Big Data: Digital politics research in the social computing literature. In S. Coleman and D. Freelon (Eds.), Handbook of Digital Politics. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar. [pdf]
- Freelon, D. (2014). Online civic activism: Where does it fit? Policy & Internet, 6(2), 192-198. [pdf]
- Lynch, M., Freelon, D., & Aday, S. (2014). Blogs & Bullets III: Syria’s Socially Mediated Civil War. Washington, DC: US Institute of Peace. [pdf]
- Tufekci, Z., & Freelon, D. (2013). Introduction to the special issue on new media and social unrest. American Behavioral Scientist, 57(7), 843-847. [pdf]
- Aday, S., Farrell, H., Lynch, M., Sides, J., & Freelon, D. (2012). Blogs & Bullets II: New media & conflict after the Arab Spring. Washington, DC: US Institute of Peace. [pdf]
- Bennett, W. L., Freelon, D., Hussain, M. M., & Wells, C. (2012). Digital media and youth engagement. In H. Semetko and M. Scammell (Eds.), Handbook of Political Communication (pp. 127-140). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Howard, P. N., Duffy, A., Freelon, D., Hussain, M., Mari, W., & Mazaid, M. (2011). Opening closed regimes: what was the role of social media during the Arab Spring? Seattle, WA: Project on Information Technology & Political Islam (PITPI). [pdf]
- Bennett, W. L., Freelon, D., & Wells, C. (2010). Changing citizen identity and the rise of a participatory media culture. In L. Sherrod, J. Torney-Purta & C. Flanagan (Eds.), Handbook of Research and Policy on Civic Engagement in Youth (pp. 393-424). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
- Freelon, D. (2012). Democracies of design: How discourse architecture shapes online political talk. Unpublished dissertation, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
- Freelon, D. (2008). Managed apprentices or autonomous agents? Assessing online civic designs for digital natives. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
- Freelon, D. (2008). Evaluating Online Tools for Youth Civic Learning. Civic Learning Online report #5.