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Internet, Communication, and Civic Engagement Research Group

The Internet, Communication, & Civic Engagement (ICCE) research group investigates how citizens use digital media for political purposes and its implications on the democratic process.  Based in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, the ICCE group is committed to faculty-student collaborative research that addresses important questions related to contemporary political communication. 

Using quantitative methodologies such as surveys and experiments, we are particularly interested in understanding how citizens use the internet and social media to consume news and political information, learn about politics, discuss and share political content with others, and participate in the political process.  Although the majority of our work examines these questions in the context of U.S. politics, we are also interested in cross-national comparisons of the internet’s role in the political process. To carry out this mission, we have established relationships with universities and research teams throughout Asia and Europe.

The ICCE group is dedicated to providing an open and collaborative space for any students interested in political communication to develop their research skills.  Through close faculty mentoring and weekly meetings, students are involved in all phases of the research process including idea generation, research design, data collection, analyses, and writing.  Graduate student involvement in the group is centered on providing research experiences that help them later conduct independent research as faculty.  Undergraduate students have the opportunity to work directly with faculty and graduate students on research projects outside of the classroom.

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