Matthew Hindman

Matthew Hindman
Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs
MPA 411
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Areas of Expertise

Internet politics; political communication; online campaigning; the politics of search engines.

Matthew Hindman is an associate professor in the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs. His work focuses on political communication, digital audiences and online disinformation.

Dr. Hindman's latest book, The Internet Trap: How the Digital Economy Builds Monopolies and Undermines Democracy, was published by Princeton University Press in September 2018 and received the prestigious Harvard Goldsmith Book Prize. It argues that the internet has not lowered the cost of reaching audiences — it has merely shifted who pays and how. Challenging longstanding fables of digital life, the book shows that the internet is not really a "postindustrial" technology, that net neutrality alone is not enough for an open internet and that the problems of local digital news are even worse than they look. Even on the internet, the book shows, there is no such thing as a free audience. 

Other parts of Dr. Hindman's research focus on machine learning and the spread of digital disinformation. His first book, The Myth of Digital Democracy (Princeton University Press), won Harvard's Goldsmith Book Prize as well as the Donald McGannon Award for communication research.

Dr. Hindman has been a Shorenstein Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a nonresident faculty associate with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. He was previously an assistant professor of political science at Arizona State University.


Dr. Hindman earned a Ph.D. in politics as a Javits Fellow at Princeton. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Willamette University and was previously a fellow in the Harvard Government Department and Harvard Kennedy School's National Center for Digital Government.



The Internet Trap: How the Digital Economy Builds Monopolies and Undermines Democracy. (2018). Princeton University Press.

The Myth of Digital Democracy. (2009). Princeton University Press.


Classes Taught

SMPA 2152, Data Analysis for Journalism and Political Communication

SMPA 3195, Information Technology and Politics

SMPA 6242, Analytics and Data Analysis for Strategic Communication