Filippo Trevisan is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of Public Communication at American University's School of Communication. He is also Deputy Director of AU's Institute on Disability and Public Policy. After working as a reporter for Italy's most prominent private news agency in Rome, he completed his Ph.D. and was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. His research explores the intersection of digital technologies, advocacy, activism, and political communication. His work investigates how elite and grassroots stakeholders use the Internet to influence debates about contested issues and affect policy decisions, including in combination with traditional protest tactics and strategic communication techniques.
His book "Disability Rights Advocacy Online: Voice, Empowerment and Global Connectivity" (Routledge, 2017) examines how social media activism and acute policy crises revolutionized the disability movement in the UK and the U.S., fueling the rise of new online self-advocacy networks. He has also researched the significance of digital media for political participation by people with disabilities at the international and national levels, including a series of studies on the 2016 and 2020 U.S. elections. More broadly, he is deeply interested in the growing personalization of collective action. He is working on his next book, which explores how advocacy organizations collect, develop, and disseminate personal stories in a 'datafied' society.
His work has been published in top communication, political science, and disability studies journals, including, among others: New Media & Society; the Journal of Communication; Information, Communication and Society; the International Journal of Communication; Social Media & Society; the Journal of Information Technology and Politics; and Disability and Society. He has been featured in prominent media outlets, including, among others: the New York Times; the Washington Post; the BBC; Al-Jazeera; Germany's ZDF; Italy's Corriere della Sera; and RAI - Radiotelevisione Italiana.