Professor Philip N Howard

Professor of Internet Studies; Fellow of Balliol College


Philip Howard is a professor of sociology, information and international affairs. His research focuses on the impact of digital media on political life around the world and examines how new information technologies are used in both civic engagement and social control in countries around the world. His projects include studies of digital activism, information access, and modern governance in both democracies and authoritarian regimes.

He is the author of eight books and over 100 academic articles, book chapters, conference papers, and commentary essays on information technology, international affairs and public life. His research spans several disciplines, and he is among a small number of scholars who have won awards from all three major academic associations for his work in political science, sociology, and communication.


  • The internet of things
  • Social media
  • Digital media in politics and political campaigning
  • Digital activism

Media experience

Professor Howard has extensive experience of working with the media, across print, online and broadcast. His research and commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the BBC, and many other international media outlets.