Bruce Bimber

Department Chair

Office Hours

Tuesday & Thursday, 3:30-4:45 pm in Ellison 3708

Contact Phone


Office Location

Ellison Hall 3830 - Chair's Office
Ellison Hall 3709 - Faculty Office


Political Communication and Behavior, Collective Action, Digital Media

Ph.D. Massaschusetts Institute of Technology, 1992


Bruce Bimber is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science. He works closely with the Center for Information Technology and Society, which he founded in 1999, and is also affiliated with the Department of Communication and the College of Engineering's Technology Management Program. He studies political communication, with a focus on the relationship between digital media and patterns in human behavior, especially in the domains of political organization and collective action. 

His latest research interests involve social influence among publics, political homophily & selective exposure, and fake news.   A long-standing line of his work addresses the highly variable structural forms for collective action that are made possible by the digital media context. That means studying things like who participates in Occupy, BlackLivesMatter, and protests over same sex marriage.  Among the goals of this research are to understand the political capacities of different organizational forms, and to understand which citizens are more likely than others to be swept up in "viral" political behavior.  Another area of his research involves the dynamics of public attention in the context of social media. This means studying when traditional news businesses call the attention of the public to problems or issues, and when the public conversation in social media drives coverage by journalists. 
Professor Bimber's is author of several books, including: Collective Action in Organizations, with Andrew Flanagin and Cynthia Stohl; Information and American Democracy, which won the Price Award for Best Book on Science, Technology and Politics from the American Political Science Association, and which is available in Chinese, Arabic, and Korean; and Campaigning Online, with Richard Davis, won the McGannon Communication Policy Award for social and ethical relevance. He publishes articles in academic journals in political science, communication, and sociology.
Professor Bimber s a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a past Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has a doctorate in political science from MIT, and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Stanford.

For more information, please visit Professor Bimber's web site, which includes messages for prospective and new PhD students.


Selected recent publications...

Feldman, L., Wojcieszak, M., Stroud, N.J., & Bimber, B. (2018).  Explaining media choice: The role of issue-specific engaging in predicting interest-based and partisan selectivity. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 62(1), 109-130.

Bimber, B. (2017). Three prompts for collective action in the context of digital media. Political Communication, 34(1), 6-20. 

Earl, J., Copeland, L., & Bimber, B. (2017). Routing around organizations: Self-directed political consumption. Mobilization, 22(2), 131-153.

Copeland, L., Hasell, A., & Bimber, B. (2016). Collective action frames, advocacy organizations and protests over same-sex marriage. International Journal of Communication, 10, 3785-3807.

Wojcieszak, M., Bimber, B., Feldman, L., & Stroud, N. J. (2016). Partisan news and political participation: Exploring mediated relationships. Political Communication, 33(2). 241-260.