Matthew Hindman

Matthew Hindman

Matthew Hindman

Professor of Media and Public Affairs

Department: School of Media and Public Affairs


Matthew Hindman is a professor in the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs. His work focuses on political communication, digital audiences and online disinformation.

Dr. Hindman's most recent book, The Internet Trap: How the Digital Economy Builds Monopolies and Undermines Democracy , was published by Princeton University Press in fall 2018 and received both Harvard’s prestigious Goldsmith Book Prize and the Frank Luther Mott Award. Challenging longstanding fables of digital life, the book shows that the internet is not really a "postindustrial" technology, that net neutrality alone is not enough for an open internet and that the p roblems of local digital news are even worse than they look. Even on the internet, the book shows, there is no such thing as a free audience.

Other parts of Dr. Hindman's research focus on machine learning and the spread of digital disinformation. His fi rst book, The Myth of Digital Democracy (Princeton University Press), also won Harvard's Goldsmith Book Prize as well as the Donald McGannon Award for communication research.

Dr. Hindman has been a Shorenstein Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a nonresident faculty associate with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and The Economist, and many other outlets.