|Bio: Dr. Habel is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Political Science Department at the University of South Alabama. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Habel was a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and Professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Habel’s work in political communication examines the dynamics of influential relationships and information flows among politicians, media, and the public. Recent projects apply computational social science and big data analytics to explore topics of conversation on social media, and how these topics evolve over time. Dr. Habel’s research has appeared in both leading social science journals—-including Political Communication; Information, Communication & Society; Political Analysis—and in high impact Computer Science conference proceedings. His work has been cited over 250 times according to Google Scholar metrics.