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Samantha McDonald

Ph.D. student

I’m a 3rd year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. I work under the advisement of Dr. Melissa Mazmanian.

I’m fascinated by how technology mediates civic communication, especially between citizens and policymakers. Using theories in political representation, digital democracy, and human-computer interaction, I am investigating how the U.S. Congress uses ICT for constituent-communication.



Staff perspectives on the state of constituent correspondence in the U.S. Congress

December 19, 2018
Recent investigations provide some of the first examinations of the systemic flow of telephone, email, fax, and social media correspondence through Members’ offices. These investigations find little evidence… Read More