Andrew Flanagin

Professor
Communication & Information Technologies

Contact Phone

805-893-7892

Office Location

SSMS 4131

Specialization

Communication and Information Technologies, Information Sharing and Evaluation, Collective Action Efforts

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Education

Ph.D. Communication Theory and Research, Annenberg School for Communication,
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1996
Dissertation Advisor: Peter Monge

M.A. Communication Theory and Research, Annenberg School for Communication,
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1995

B.A. Sociology and American Studies, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; cum laude graduate
Senior Thesis Advisor: Alan Trachtenberg

Bio

Andrew Flanagin received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Theory and Research from the Annenberg School for Communication, at the University of Southern California. Prior to this, he earned a B.A. in Sociology and American Studies from Yale University and worked for several years as a Management Systems Consultant, Systems Analyst, Computer Programmer, and a Foreign Liaison and Technology Transfer Specialist. These experiences reflect his overarching interest in the use of technologies in contemporary society.

Professor Flanagin's research focuses on how communication and information technologies structure and extend human interaction, with particular emphases on processes of organizing and information sharing and evaluation. In particular, his research covers the use of social media for information sharing and assessment; processes of collective organizing, particularly as influenced by the use of contemporary technologies; people's perceptions of the credibility of information gathered and presented online; and organizational technologies, including the affordances they offer and the dynamics they promote.

Related to this research program, Professor Flanagin teaches courses on the Internet and Web, social media, technologies and organizations, research methods, collaborative technologies, communication theory, and organizational theory and new forms of organizing.

Professor Flanagin is former Director of the Center for Information Technology & Society at UCSB (cits.ucsb.edu), which is dedicated to research and education about the cultural transitions and social innovations associated with technology.

Academic Positions

2008-present, Professor, Department of Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California.

2016 (spring - fall), Visiting Professor, Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam

2016 (spring - fall), Visiting Professor, Department of Communication Science, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

2002-2008, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California.

1996-2002, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California.

Professional Appointments

2013-2014, Vice Chair, Department of Communication

2009-2012, Director, Center for Information Technology and Society, University of California, Santa Barbara

Awards and Honors

UCSB Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, 2014

Book of the Year Award from the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association, 2012

International Communication Association Outstanding Article Award, 2007

Top Paper Award, Organizational Communication Division, International Communication Association Annual Conference, 2006

Top Paper Award, Organizational Communication Division, International Communication Association Annual Conference, 2005

Outstanding Article Award, International Communication Association, 2007

Top Four Paper Award, Group Communication Division, National Communication Association Annual Conference, 2003

Top Four Paper Award, Communication and Technology Division, International Communication Association Annual Conference, 2003

Top Paper Award, Group Communication Division, National Communication Association Annual Conference, 2000

Top Three Paper Award, Communication and Technology Division, International Communication Association Annual Conference, 2000

Purdue University Award for Excellence in Distance Education, 2000 (shared with co-instructors from Purdue, the University of Illinois, and the University of Southern California)

Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Residence Halls Association, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2000

Nominated Participant, Conference on The State of Media Studies, The Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1995

Research Grants and Fellowships
 
National Science Foundation, 2011 (Program on Information and Intelligent Systems / Information Integration and Informatics), Co-Principal Investigator, Project title: Data-driven Frameworks for Analyzing User Interactions in Social Media [$199,934]
 
Intel Labs, 2010, Co-Principal Investigator, Project Title: Fostering Critical Engagement with Online Information [$10,000]
 
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 2007, Co-Principal Investigator, Project title: Credibility and Digital Media [$520,000]
 
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 2007-2009, Co-Principal Investigator, Project title: Kids and Credibility: An Empirical Examination of Youth, Digital Media Use, and Information Credibility [$260,000]
 
National Science Foundation, 2004 (Program on Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology), Co-Principal Investigator [$249,925]
 
Office of Research, Division of Social Sciences, and Office of the Provost matching funds, UCSB, Co-Principal Investigator, 2004 [$51,000]
 
Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Grant, 1999, 2004 [$10,678]
 
Academic Senate Committee on Research Grant, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004 [$18,596]
 
Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowship, 1998, 1999, 2000 [$16,222]
 
Faculty Research Assistance Program, 2002, 2003 [$1,200]

Publications

 

Books and Monographs

Bimber, B., Flanagin, A. J., & Stohl, C. (2012). Collective action in organizations: Interaction and engagement in an era of technological change.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. (2010).  Kids and credibility: An empirical examination of youth, digital media use, and information credibility.  Cambridge: MIT Press.

Metzger, M. J., & Flanagin, A. J. (Eds.) (2008). Digital media, youth, and credibility. Cambridge: MIT Press.

 

Refereed Journal Articles & Proceedings

Metzger, M. J., Hartsell, E., & Flanagin, A. J. (in press).  Cognitive dissonance or credibility? A comparison of two theoretical explanations for selective exposure to biased news content. Communication Research.

Winter, S., Metzger, M. J., & Flanagin, A. J. (2016).  Selective use of news cues: A multiple-motive perspective on information selection in social media environmentsJournal of Communication, 66, 669-693.

Metzger, M. J., Flanagin, A. J., Markov, A., Grossman, R., & Bulger, M.  (2015).  Believing the unbelievable: Understanding young people’s information literacy beliefs and practices in the United StatesJournal of Children and Media, 3, 325-348.

Metzger, M. J., Flanagin, A. J., & Nekmat, E. (2015).  Comparative optimism in online credibility evaluation among parents and childrenJournal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 59(3), 509-529.

Nekmat, E., Gower, K., Gonzenbach, W. J., & Flanagin, A. J. (2015).  Source effects in the micro-mobilization of collective action via social mediaInformation, Communication, and Society, 18(9), 1076-1091.

Flanagin, A. J., Hocevar, K., & Samahito, S. (2014).  Connecting with the user-generated web: How shared social identity impacts online information sharing and evaluationInformation, Communication, and Society, 17(6), 683-694 .

Flanagin, A. J., Metzger, M. J., Pure, R., Markov, A., & Hartsell, E. (2014).  Mitigating risk in ecommerce transactions: Perceptions of information credibility and the role of user-generated ratings in product quality and purchase intentionElectronic Commerce Research, 14, 1-23.

Hocevar, K., Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. (2014).  Social media self-efficacy and information evaluation onlineComputers in Human Behavior, 39, 254-262.

Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. (2013).  Trusting expert- versus user-generated ratings online: The role of information volume, valence, and consumer characteristicsComputers in Human Behavior, 29, 1626-1634.

Jatowt, A., Lim, E., Ding, Y., Miura, A., Tezuka, T., Dias, G., Tanaka, K., Flanagin, A. J., & Dai, B. T. (Eds.) (2013).  Social Informatics – 5th International Conference, SocInfo 2013, Kyoto, Japan, November 25-27, 2013, Proceedings (2013). Volume 8238 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer.

Metzger, M. J., & Flanagin, A. J. (2013).  Credibility and trust of information in online environments: The use of cognitive heuristicsJournal of Pragmatics, 59, 210-220.

Agrawal, D., Bamiem, B., Budak, C., El Abbadi, A., Flanagin, A. J., & Patterson, S. (2011).  Data-driven modeling and analysis of online social networks.  Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Web-Age Information Management (WAIM), Volume 6897/2011, 3-17.

Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. (2011). From Encyclopædia Britannica to Wikipedia: Generational differences in the perceived credibility of online encyclopedia information. Information, Communication, and Society, 14(3), 355-374.

Flanagin, A. J., Metzger, M. J., Pure, R., & Markov, A. (2011). User-generated ratings and the evaluation of credibility and product quality in ecommerce transactions. Proceedings of the 44th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science.

Metzger, M. J., & Flanagin, A. J. (2011).  Using web 2.0 technologies to enhance evidence-based medical informationJournal of Health Communication, 16, 45-58.

Zorn, T. E., Flanagin, A. J., & Shoham, M. (2011). Institutional and non-institutional influences on information and communication technology adoption and use among nonprofit organizations. Human Communication Research, 37(1), 1-33.

Flanagin, A. J., Flanagin, C., & Flanagin, J. (2010). Technical code and the social construction of the Internet. New Media & Society, 12(2), 179-196.

Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. (2010). The perceived credibility of online encyclopedias among children. Proceedings of the Fourth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, 239-242.

Metzger, M. J., Flanagin, A. J., & Medders, R. (2010). Social and heuristic approaches to credibility evaluation online. Journal of Communication, 60(3), 413-439.

Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. (2008). The credibility of volunteered geographic information. GeoJournal, 72, 137-148.

Flanagin, A. J. (2007). Commercial markets as communication markets: Uncertainty reduction through mediated information exchange in online auctions. New Media & Society, 9(3), 401-423.

Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. (2007). The role of site features, user attributes, and information verification behaviors on the perceived credibility of web-based information. New Media & Society, 9(2), 319-342.

Flanagin, A. J., Stohl, C., & Bimber, B. (2006). Modeling the structure of collective action. Communication Monographs, 73, 29-54.

Yao, Z. M., & Flanagin, A. J. (2006). A self-awareness approach to computer-mediated communication. Computers in Human Behavior, 22, 518-544.

Bimber, B., Flanagin, A. J., & Stohl, C. (2005). Reconceptualizing collective action in the contemporary media environment. Communication Theory, 15, 365-388.

Flanagin, A. J. (2005). IM online: Instant messaging use among college students. Communication Research Reports, 22, 175-187.

Palomares, N., & Flanagin, A. J. (2005). The potential of electronic communication and information technologies as research tools: Promise and perils for the future of communication research. In P. Kalbfleisch (Ed.), Communication Yearbook 29 (pp. 147-185). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Flanagin, A. J., Park, H. S., & Seibold, D. R. (2004). Group performance and collaborative technology: A longitudinal and multilevel analysis of information quality, contribution equity, and members' satisfaction in computer-mediated groups. Communication Monographs, 71, 352-372.

Flanagin, A. J., & Waldeck, J. H. (2004). Technology use and organizational newcomer socialization. The Journal of Business Communication, 41, 137-165.

Fulk, J., Heino, R., Flanagin, A. J., Monge, P., & Bar, F. (2004). A test of the individual action model for organizational information commons. Organization Science, 15, 569-585.

Lemus, D., Seibold, D. R., Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. (2004). Argument and decision making in computer-mediated groups. Journal of Communication, 54, 302-320.

Waldeck, J. H., Seibold, D. R., & Flanagin, A. J. (2004). Organizational assimilation and communication technology use. Communication Monographs, 71, 161-183.

Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. (2003). The perceived credibility of personal Web page information as influenced by the sex of the source. Computers in Human Behavior, 19, 683-701.

Metzger, M. J., Flanagin, A. J., Eyal, K., Lemus, D. R., & McCann, R. (2003). Credibility in the 21st century: Integrating perspectives on source, message, and media credibility in the contemporary media environment. In P. Kalbfleisch (Ed.), Communication Yearbook 27 (pp. 293-335). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Metzger, M. J., Flanagin, A. J., & Zwarun, L. (2003). College student Web use, perceptions of information credibility, and verification behavior. Computers & Education, 41, 271-290.

O'Sullivan, P. B., & Flanagin, A. J. (2003). Reconceptualizing "flaming" and other problematic messages. New Media & Society, 5, 69-94.

Flanagin, A. J. (2002). The elusive benefits of the technological support of knowledge management. Management Communication Quarterly, 16, 242-248.

Flanagin, A. J., Tiyaamornwong, V., O'Connor, J., & Seibold, D. R. (2002). Computer-mediated group work: The interaction of member sex and anonymity. Communication Research, 29, 66-93.

Metzger, M. J., & Flanagin, A. J. (2002). Audience orientations toward new media. Communication Research Reports, 19, 338-351.

Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. (2001). Internet use in the contemporary media environment. Human Communication Research, 27, 153-181.

Flanagin, A. J., Monge, P. R., & Fulk, J. (2001). The value of formative investment in organizational federations. Human Communication Research, 27, 69-93.

Flanagin, A. J. (2000). Social pressures on organizational website adoption. Human Communication Research, 26, 618-646.

Flanagin, A. J., Farinola, W. J. M., & Metzger, M. J. (2000). The technical code of the Internet / World Wide Web. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 17, 409-428.

Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. (2000). Perceptions of Internet information credibility. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 77, 515-540.

Taylor, J., Flanagin, A. J., Cheney, G., & Seibold, D. R. (2000). Organizational communication research: Key moments, central concerns, and future challenges. In W. Gudykunst (Ed.), Communication Yearbook 24 (pp. 99-137). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Flanagin, A. J. (1999). Theoretical and pedagogical issues in computer-mediated interaction and instruction: Lessons from the use of a collaborative instructional technology. The Electronic Journal of Communication / La revue Žlectronique de communication [Online], 9. Available: http://www.cios.org/www/ejcmain.htm (secure web site).

Monge, P. R., Fulk, J., Parnassa, C., Flanagin, A. J., Rumsey, S., & Kalman, M. (1999). Cooperative interagency approaches to the illegal drug problem. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 2, 229-241.

Monge, P. R., Fulk, J., Kalman, M., Flanagin, A. J., Parnassa, C., & Rumsey, S. (1998). Production of collective action in alliance-based interorganizational communication and information systems. Organization Science, 9, 411-433.

Fulk, J., Flanagin, A. J., Kalman, M., Monge, P. R., & Ryan, T. (1996). Connective and communal public goods in interactive communication systems. Communication Theory, 6, 60-87.

 

Refereed and Invited Book Chapters

Metzger, M. J., & Flanagin, A. J. (2015).  Psychological approaches to credibility assessment online. In S. S. Sundar (Ed.), The Psychology of Communication Technology (pp. 445-466).  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. (2014).  Digital media and perceptions of source credibility in political communication.  In K. Kenski & K. H. Jameson (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Political Communication.  Oxford University Press.

Metzger, M. J., & Flanagin, A. J. (2014).  Online health information credibilty.  In T. Thompson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Health Communication (pp. 976-978), Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Metzger, M. J., Flanagin, A. J., Medders, R., Pure, R., Markov, A., & Hartsell, E. (2013). The special case of youth and digital information credibility.  In S. Apostel & M. Folk (Eds), Online credibility and digital ethos: Evaluating computer-mediated communication (pp. 148-168).  Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Pure, R. A., Markov, A. R., Mangus, J. M., Metzger, M. J., Flanagin, A. J., & Hartsell, E. H. (2013). Understanding and evaluating source expertise in an evolving media environment. In T. Takševa (Ed.), Social Software and the Evolution of User Expertise: Future Trends in Knowledge Creation and Dissemination (pp. 37-51). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Hartsell, E., Metzger, M. J., & Flanagin, A. J. (2012).  Contemporary news production and consumption: Implications for selective exposure, group polarization, and credibility.  In B. St. John & K. Johnson (Eds.), News with a view: Journalism beyond objectivity (pp. 238-257). Jefferson, NC:McFarland Press.

Flanagin, A. J., & Bator, M. (2011).The utility of information and communication technologies in organizational knowledge management. In H. E. Canary & R. D. McPhee (Eds.), Communication and organizational knowledge: Contemporary issues for theory and practice (pp. 173-190).  Mahwah, NJ: Routledge/LEA.

Flanagin, A. J., Pearce, K., & Bondad-Brown, B. (2009). The destructive potential of electronic communication technologies in organizations. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. Davenport-Sypher (Eds.), The destructive side of organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 229-251). Mahwah, NJ: Routledge.

Bimber, B., Stohl, C., & Flanagin, A. J. (2008). Technological change and the shifting nature of political organization. In A. Chadwick & P. N. Howard (Eds.), Handbook of Internet and Politics (pp. 72-85). New York: Routledge.

Flanagin, A. J., & Metzger, M. J. (2008). Digital media and youth: Unparalleled opportunity and unprecedented responsibility. In M. J. Metzger & A. J. Flanagin (Eds.), Digital media, youth, and credibility (pp. 5-27). Cambridge: MIT Press.

Metzger, M. J., & Flanagin, A. J. (2008). Introduction. In M. J. Metzger & A. J. Flanagin (Eds.), Digital media, youth, and credibility (pp. 1-4). Cambridge: MIT Press.

Flanagin, A. J. (2004). The challenges of radical change: The case of technological implementation in a governmental organization. In J. Keyton & P. Shockley-Zalabak (Eds.), Case studies for organizational communication: Understanding communication processes (pp. 120-127). Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing.

Flanagin, A. J. (2002). The impact of contemporary communication and information technologies on police organizations. In H. Giles (Ed.), Law enforcement, communication, and community (pp. 85-105). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Seibold, D. R., & Flanagin, A. J. (2000). Potential "sites" for building common ground across metatheoretical perspectives on organizational communication. In S. R. Corman & M. S. Poole (Eds.), Perspectives on organizational communication: Finding common ground (pp. 175-185). New York: Guilford.

Monge, P., Fulk, J., Parnassa, C., Flanagin, A. J., Rumsey, S., & Kalman, M. (1996). Cooperative interagency approaches to the illegal drug problem. In M. Pagon (Ed.), Policing in central and eastern Europe: Comparing firsthand knowledge with experience from the west (pp. 279-289). Ljubljana, Slovenia: College of Police and Security Studies.

 

Other Publications (Technical Reports, White Papers, Essays, and Assessments)

Aakhus, M., Ballard, D., Flanagin, A. J., Kuhn, T., Leonardi, P., & Miller, K. (2011).  Communication and materiality: A conversation from the CM CafeCommunicaton Monographs, 78(4), 557-568.

Flanagin, A. J. & Dailey, R. (2003). Curricular assessment of regular academic year versus summer session instruction. Prepared for the Curricular Assessment and Planning Program, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Bimber, B., Almeroth, K., Patton, R., Chun, D., Flanagin, A. J., & Liu, A. (2002). The future of technology and the university. Prepared for the Center for Information Technology and Society, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Flanagin, A. J., & Park, H. (2001). Virtual organizations and the organization of the virtual: Potentials and pitfalls of information-sharing in a networked world. Prepared for Outhink Incorporated, San Jose, CA.

Flanagin, A. J. (1998). Internet web site adoption and usage survey. Prepared for the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce, Santa Barbara, CA.

Fulk, J., Monge, P., Flanagin, A. J., Kalman, M., Parnassa, C., & Ryan, T (1995). The chiefs' view of the Los Angeles County Regional Criminal Information Clearinghouse, 1994. Prepared for the Police Chiefs' Association of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA.