• Title Associate Professor, Emerging Media Studies
  • Office 302D
  • Education BS, Technology Education (with Honors), University of Wisconsin-Stout
    MA, Mass Communication, Marquette University (Adviser: Philip Seib)
    PhD, Mass Communication, Indiana University (Adviser: David H. Weaver)

Dr. Groshek’s research focuses on the civic utility of communication technologies and the ways in which the structure, content and uses of online and mobile media may influence change in political and health contexts. Additional research pursuits include applied econometric analyses, data mining and visualizing social media content. In that area, Dr. Groshek oversees a cloud-based software system, the BU-TCAT, which makes it possible for all BU faculty and students to study social media in big and small data approaches. He also leads workshops in Social Media Methods: New Tools for New Media that are available to the general public to earn a Certificate in Social Network Analysis from the Social Media Research Foundation in just 2 days. Dr. Groshek also runs a Social Data Analytics , a social media research consultancy that specializes in making data accessible and interpretable to media professionals, scholars, and students. Dr. Groshek is also regularly featured in national and international media coverage, such as the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, The Conversation, and public radio outlets.

He has over 55 peer-reviewed publications since earning his PhD at Indiana University in 2008 under the supervision of Professor David H. Weaver. Some of his most notable 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 boards of Communication Research and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and regularly reviews for more than a two dozen leading 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 in international competitions.

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 work as a consultant with well known agencies and brands. With his lovely wife, he is a proud father of two exuberant children.