Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs
MPA 430, Office Hours Wed 2:00pm-4:00pm
|Address:||School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street NW
Washington, DC , 20052
Areas of Expertise
Comparative studies of the effects of information and communication technologies (ICT) in developing countries; Political effects of new media at home and abroad.
Before joining the SMPA faculty in 2009, Catie received her doctorate in political science from UCLA. She graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.95 with concentrations in American Politics, Formal and Quantitative Methods, and International Relations. Throughout Catie's academic career, her research agenda has primarily focused on the intersection of politics and information and communication technologies. This fascination with the effect of media on political behaviors and outcomes began in college as a major in UCLA's Communication Studies Department, a top-ranked undergraduate department, where she graduated cum laude.
It was this experience that inspired Catie's decision to pursue a doctoral degree in political science at UCLA, which provided her with a broad substantive understanding of political science and political communication, as well as rigorous training in methodology. Catie's approach to research is multi-disciplinary, with a particular preference for merging cutting edge quantitative analyses with randomized field experiments. In combination, these methods provide a robust and rigorous empirical foundation for studies of media effects.
While the majority of early political communication research focused on the television's impact on electoral outcomes in the United States, through her research, Catie seeks to broaden this field by focusing on political outcomes beyond elections, beyond the American borders, and media technologies beyond television. She was the first to research the effect of mobile phones on corruption in Africa, the first to study the Internet’s impact on democratic attitudes, the first to demonstrate empirical effects of crowdsourced election-monitoring in Africa with colleague Steve Livingston, and the first to implement field experiments testing the effect of ICT in developing countries.
In acknowledgment of this pioneering work, Catie recently received the prestigious Sanders-Kaid award from the International Communication Association for best paper published in political communication in 2012. Her paper, “Testing the Internet’s Effect on Democratic Satisfaction: A Multi-Methodological, Cross-National Approach,” was chosen unanimously by the five-person committee, out of an initial pool of 300 political communication papers published in the twenty-three most prominent political science and communication journals.
Current projects include a content analysis of discussion pertaining to national disasters on Weibo (the Chinese Twitter), the effect of mobile phones on the probability of intrastate conflict, and the degree to which a robust civic society conditions the effect of new media technologies.
Catie is a fifth-generation Californian and, before moving to the District of Columbia, she was a life-long resident of the Golden State. Born and raised in the San Francisco area, with several years in Los Angeles during her studies, Catie has inherited a strong appreciation for both Southern and Northern California sports teams (much to the chagrin and confusion of most Californians)—while the 49ers and San Francisco Giants are her first loves, she is also a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers.
“Mobile Phones Diffusion and Corruption in Africa.” Catie Snow Bailard (2009). Political Communication 26(3): 333-353.
“Testing the Internet’s Effect on Democratic Satisfaction: A Multi-Methodological, Cross-National Approach.” (2012) Journal of Information Technology and Politics. 9: 185-204.
“A Field Experiment on the Internet’s Effect in an African Election: Savvier Citizens, Disaffected Voters, or Both?” (2012) Journal of Communication. 62(2): 330-344.
“Mind the Gap: People’s Daily: Weibo, and a Chinese Train Crash. (With Fan Zhang and Tianyue Wu. (Submitted to Chinese Journal of Communication.)
“Monitorial Citizenship in a 4th Information Regime: Crowdsourcing Democratic Accountability in a Nigerian Election.” (with Steve Livingston, submitted to Political Communication.)
“Ethnic Conflict Goes Mobile: Mobile Technology’s Effect on the Opportunities and Motivations for Violent Collective Action. “ (Invited by special issue editor Nils Weidmann to be submitted as part of special issue in Journal of Conflict Resolution.)
“Corporate Ownership and News Bias Revisited: Newspaper Coverage of the 2012 Citizens United Ruling.“ (Submitted to Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.)
As Seen Online (Satisfaction not Guaranteed): How Internet Use Changes Citizens' Evaluations of their Government (Under contract at Johns Hopkins University Press.)
“CrowdGlobe: Meta-Level Analysis of Crowdsourced Data. Report 1: Mapping the Maps: A Meta-Level Analysis of Ushahidi & Crowdmap." (2012) Internews. (with Patrick Meier, Rob Baker, and Professors Steve Livingston and Matt Hindman)
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