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In the Department of Communication, we study the ways that communication techniques and technologies shape who we are, how we govern ourselves, and what kinds of cultures we inhabit.

About the Department

You Call This ‘Flexible Work’?

Labor fought for a long time to draw a bright line between work and home. It took almost no time at all to erase it.

Research by Fred Turner


Welfare for Autocrats

How a country’s pursuit of order, or “stability,” turned an effort to alleviate poverty into a tool of surveillance and repression.

Research by Jennifer Pan



An end-to-end system for capturing and analyzing the “screenome” of life in media.

Research by Byron Reeves


Democracy’s Detectives

Computational journalism promises to lower the cost of investigative journalism and increase demand among readers.

Research by James Hamilton