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Jacob Groshek is a graduate of the Diederich College of Communication’s graduate program. Dr. Groshek’s research focuses on the democratic utility of communication technologies and the ways in which the structure, content and uses of online and mobile media may influence sociopolitical change. Additional research pursuits include applied econometric analyses, data mining and visualizing social media content. In that area, Dr. Groshek oversees a cloud-based software system, the BU-TCAT, which makes it possible for all BU faculty and students to study social media in big and small data approaches.
He has over 45 peer-reviewed publications since earning his PhD at Indiana University in 2008 under the supervision of Professor David H. Weaver. Some of his most notable work is featured in Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, Social Scientific Computer Review, and in volumes published by Oxford and Routledge, among others. Dr. Groshek also sits on the editorial boards of Communication Yearbook and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and regularly reviews for more than a dozen journals. He recently completed his term as head of the communication technology division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and he has received top paper awards at the faculty and student levels in international competitions.
Dr. Groshek has previously held academic appointments at Iowa State University, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands), the University of Melbourne (Australia), and was sponsored on a visiting scholarship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France. He has professional experience working in media as a writer and designer and continues to freelance as an editor and consultant. With his lovely wife, he is a proud father of two exuberant children.