About COM

Jacob Groshek

Assistant Professor, Emerging Media

Dr. Groshek’s research focuses on the democratic utility of communication technologies and the ways in which the structure, content and uses of online and mobile media may influence sociopolitical change. Additional research pursuits include applied econometric analyses, data mining and visualizing social media content. In that area, Dr. Groshek recently led the acquisition and installation of a cloud-based software system, the BU-TCAT, which makes possible for all BU faculty and students the ongoing collection and analysis of Twitter data.

He has over 25 peer-reviewed publications since earning his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2008 and some of his work is featured in Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, Social Scientific Computer Review, and in volumes published by Oxford and Routledge, among others. Dr. Groshek also sits on the editorial board of Communication Yearbook and regularly reviews for more than a dozen journals. He recently completed his term as Head of the Communication Technology division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and he has received top paper awards at the faculty and student levels from AEJMC.

Dr. Groshek has previously held academic appointments at Iowa State University, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands), the University of Melbourne (Australia), and was sponsored on a visiting scholarship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France. He has professional experience working in media as a writer and designer and continues to freelance as an editor and consultant. Over the years he has developed and now directs the Betweetness Labs initiative. With his lovely wife, he is a proud father of two and enjoys coaching youth sports and exploring New England in his free time.


Email: jgroshek@bu.edu
Web: jgroshek.org | betweetness.com
Twitter: @jgroshek
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Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • Breuer, A. and Groshek, J. (2014). “Online Media and Offline Empowerment in Democratic Transition: Linking Forms of Internet Use with Political Attitudes and Behaviors in Post-Rebellion Tunisia.” Journal of Information Technology and Policy, 11(1), 25-44.  PDF Article
  • Engelbert, J. and Groshek, J. (2014). “Populism as PR: An International Perspective of Public Diplomacy Trends.”  In G. Golan, S. Yang, and D. Kinsey (Eds.), International Public Relations and Public Diplomacy: Communication and Engagement (pp. 331- 345). Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Groshek, J. and Bachman, I. (2014).  “A Latin Spring? Examining Digital Diffusion and Youth Bulges in Forecasting Political Change in Latin America.” In Y. Welp and A. Breuer (Eds.), Digital Opportunities for Democratic Governance in Latin America (pp. 17-32). Routledge.
  • Breuer, A. and Groshek, J. (2014).  “Slacktivism or Efficiency-Increased Activism?  Online Political Participation and the Brazilian Ficha Limpa Anti-Corruption Campaign.” In Y. Welp and A. Breuer (Eds.), Digital Opportunities for Democratic Governance in Latin America (pp. 165-182). Routledge.
  • Groshek, J. (2014). “Development Institutions.”  In W. Donsbach (Ed.), The Concise Encyclopedia of Communication. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • Groshek, J. and Brookes, S. (2014).  “YouTube / OurTube / TheirTube: Official and Unofficial Online Campaign Advertising, Negativity, and Popularity.” In J. A. Hendricks and D. Shill (Eds.), Presidential Campaigning and Social Media (pp. 140-153). Oxford University Press.
  • Groshek, J. and Al-Rawi, A. (2013). “Public Sentiment and Critical Framing in Social Media Content During the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign.” Social Science Computer Review, 31(5), 563-576.  PDF Article
  • Groshek, J. and Clough Groshek, M. K. (2013). “Agenda Trending: Reciprocity and the Predictive Capacity of Social Networking Sites in Intermedia Agenda Setting across Topics over Time.” Media and Communication, 1(1). HTML Article
  • Groshek, J. and Dimitrova, D. (2013). “A Cross Section of Political Involvement, Partisanship and Online Media in Middle America during the 2008 Presidential Campaign.” Atlantic Journal of Communication, 21(2), 108-124.  PDF Article
  • de Boer, N., Suetfeld, H., and Groshek, J. (2012). “Social Media and Personal Attacks: A Comparative Perspective on Co-creation and Political Advertising in Presidential Campaigns on YouTube.” First Monday, 17(12). HTML Article
  • Groshek, J. (2012). “Forecasting and observing: A cross-methodological consideration of Internet and mobile phone diffusion in the Egyptian revolt” International Communication Gazette, 74(8), 750-768. PDF Article
  • Groshek, J. and Engelbert, J. (2012). “A Cross-National Comparison of Populist Political Movements and Media Uses in the United States and the Netherlands.” New Media and Society.  PDF Article
  • Groshek, J. and Conway, M. (2012). “The Effectiveness of the Pervasive Method in Ethics Pedagogy: A Longitudinal Study of Journalism and Mass Communication Students.” Journalism: Theory, Practice, and CriticismPDF Article
  • Groshek, J. (2011). “Instability, and Democracy: Examining the Granger-Causal Relationships of 122 Countries from 1946 to 2003.” Journal of Communication, 61, 1161-1182. PDF Article
  • Groshek, J. and Han, Y. (2011). “Negotiated Hegemony and Reconstructed Boundaries in Alternative Media Coverage of Globalization” International Journal of Communication, 5, 1523-1544. PDF Article
  • Groshek, J. and Dimitrova, D. (2011). “A Cross-Section of Voter Learning, Campaign Interest and Intention to Vote in the 2008 Presidential Election: Did Web 2.0 Matter?” Communication Studies, 9, 355-375. PDF Article
  • Groshek, J. (2010). “A Time-Series, Multinational Analysis of Democratic Forecasts and Internet Diffusion.”International Journal of Communication, 4 , 142-174. PDF Article
  • Groshek, J. (2009). “The Democratic Effects of the Internet, 1994-2003: A Cross-National Inquiry of 152 Countries.” The International Communication Gazette, 71(3), 115-136. PDF Article
  • Conway, M. and Groshek, J. (2009). “Forgive Me Now, Fire Me Later: University Students’ Perceived Ethics Gap between Academic Dishonesty and Journalistic Misconduct.” Communication Education,58(4), 461-482. PDF Article
  • Groshek, J. (2008). “Coverage of the Pre-Iraq War Debate as a Case Study of Frame Indexing.” Media, War and Conflict, 1(3), 315-338. PDF Article
  • Groshek, J. (2008). “Homogenous Agendas, Disparate Frames: CNN and CNN International Coverage Online.” Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 52(1), 52-68. PDF Article
  • Ogan, C., Ozakca, M., and Groshek, J. (2008). “Embedding the Internet in the Lives of College Students: Online and Offline Behavior.” Social Science Computer Review, 26(2), 170-177. PDF Article
  • Conway, M. and Groshek, J. (2008). “Ethics Gaps and Ethics Gains: Differences and Similarities in Journalism Students‘ Perceptions of Plagiarism and Fabrication.” Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, 63(2), 127-145.


BS, University of Wisconsin-Stout
MA, Marquette Univeristy
PhD, Indiana University