Rebekah K. Tromble is a lecturer of political science. Her teaching and research reflect interests in political communication—especially via digital media—research methodology (again with a focus on digital methods), social movement studies, and Muslims and politics.
She is currently working on several projects, the first of which examines whether, why, and how politicians around the world use social media to engage members of the public in dialog—that is, in genuinely reciprocal conversation—and whether such direct digital engagement is likely to have any effect on citizens’ political attitudes and behavior. Second, she is leading a multi-country collaboration that explores similarities and differences between politicians’ online and offline messaging during election campaigns. And finally, her third project, focusing on digital research methodology, examines the biases that are likely to be introduced by the most common techniques scholars use to collect data from the internet and social media platforms.
Dr. Tromble also has an interest in former Soviet Central Asia, where she has both lived and researched extensively.