I am an assistant professor in the School of Communication at Endicott College. I completed the doctoral program in Communication and Society at the University of Oregon in 2012, specializing in digital/new media and mass communication theory. My research interests include communication technology, social media and online communities, networks, media studies, the political economy of communication, and persuasive communication. My dissertation, “Network of Knowledge: Wikipedia as a Sociotechnical System of Intelligence,” explores the work of Wikipedia editors, administrators, and programmers, examining the collective intelligence created by their design and use of bots and automated editing tools.
My teaching interests include digital/new media, communication technology, media studies, media literacy, and advertising.
Check out my dissertation: Network of Knowledge: Wikipedia as a Sociotechnical System of Intelligence
Selected Publications and Presentations (full CV)
Livingstone, R. M. (2014). Immaterial editors: Bots and bot policies across global Wikipedia. In P. Fichman & N. Hara (Eds.), Global Wikipedia: International and cross-cultural issues in online collaboration. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow.
Livingstone, R. M. (2014, April). Models for Understanding Collective Intelligence on Wikipedia. Eastern Communication Association Annual Conference, Providence, RI. (selected a Top Paper, Communication and Technology division)
Santana, A., Livingstone, R. M., & Cho, Y. (2013, Spring). Print readers recall more than do online readers. Newspaper Research Journal, 34(2), 78-92.
Cho, Y., Livingstone, R. M., & Santana, A. (2012, March). Advertising affinities: An analysis of reader engagement of advertisements in print and online news. American Academy of Advertising Annual Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.
Livingstone, R. M. (2011, October). Places on the map and in the cloud: Representations of locality and geography in Wikipedia The International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, Mountain View, CA.
Livingstone, R. M. (2011). Better at life stuff: Consumption, identity, and class in Apple’s “Get a Mac” campaign. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 35(3).
Santana, A., Livingstone, R. M., & Cho, Y. (2011, August). Medium matters: Newreaders’ recall and engagement with online and print newspapers. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO. (cited in Slate magazine August 19, 2011)
Livingstone, R. M. (2011). The myth of classlessness in Apple’s “Get a Mac.” FLOWTV, 13(11). (selected as a “FLOW Favorite 2011” by the editorial board)
Livingstone, R. M. (2010). Let’s leave the bias to the mainstream media: A Wikipedia community fighting for information neutrality. M/C Journal, 13(6).