How do Members of Congress Use Social Media? What platforms do they use, and how, and why? My current research project builds on two prior research projects that I conducted with the Congressional Research Service (CRS). During the 2011-2012 academic year, I partnered with CRS to study Twitter and Facebook use by Members of Congress. Subsequently, CRS issued a report to Congress in March 2013, using a dataset collected by my research class with 765 Tweets and 16,239 Facebook posts. During the 2013-2014 academic year, I again partnered with CRS and my research class studied how congressional committees were using Facebook and Twitter. The resulting research analyzed four months of Twitter and Facebook data to understand how committees were using social media compared to the Member offices, and CRS sent a report to Congress. During this 2016-2017 academic year my research project will identify social media platforms, other than Facebook and Twitter, that Members of Congress are using, and provide potential implications for congressional communications. Additionally, we will analyze case studies of social media use from political campaigns in selected open seats for Congress. Lastly, we will interview selected Texas State Senators and State Representatives regarding social media use.
Sherri R. Greenberg is a Clinical Professor and Fellow of the Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is a Member of the Board of Managers of Central Health, a Member of the City of Austin Regional Affordability Committee, and a Member of the UT Opportunity Forum Steering Committee. Also, she serves on the Texas.Gov Steering Committee, the Austin Forum Technology & Society Advisory Board, and the City of Austin General Obligation Housing Bond Review Committee. Additionally, she has served as a Senior Advisor to Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Greenberg was a Texas State Representative from 1991 to 2001, and she chaired the House Pensions and Investments Committee and the Select Committee on Teacher Health Insurance. She also served on the House Appropriations, Economic Development, Elections, and Science and Technology Committees. Previously, Greenberg was the City of Austin Capital Finance Manager, and a Public Finance Officer at Standard & Poor?s. Greenberg holds an MSc in Public Administration and Policy from the London School of Economics. Her teaching and research interests include: technology and innovation, campaigns and elections, public engagement, housing, transportation, healthcare, and finance. Her recent publications are: Using Innovation and Technology to Improve City Services, Austin Anchors & The Innovation Zone: Building Collaborative Capacity, Congressional Committees and Social Media, and Congress + Social Media.
8:15am to 9:30am