Philip Habel
Office Hours

HUMB 226
Tues 2:30-4:00; Fri 8:30-1:00
Ph: (251) 460-7161
Philip Habel
Associate Professor and Department Chair


B.A. Washington University, 1999

Ph.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2006


Dr. Habel came to South via the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where he was Senior Lecturer in Politics. Prior to that, Dr. Habel was a 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.

Currently, Dr. Habel is part of a global project studying Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP), sponsored by New York University’s Global Institute of Advanced Study. His present work in public opinion explores support and opposition toward affirmative action policies in Brazil, with projects funded by the British Academy Newton Fund Advanced Fellowship, the British Council Newton Fund Researcher Links, the FAPDF (Funacao de Apio a Pesquisa do Distrito Federal), and a fellowship in Germany at the EUROLAB at GESIS. His teaching is informed by both U.S. Politics and Comparative Politics, including course offerings in public opinion, political communication, mass media and digital media, and campaigns and elections, and more.

Research & Teaching Interests / Availability for Media Commentary

U.S. Government; Political Communication; Mass Media; Social Media; Public Opinion; Political Behavior; Political Psychology; Campaigns & Elections; European Politics; Latin American Politics; Computational Social Science; Research Methods

Recent Publications

Habel, Philip, Ruth Moon, and Anjie Fang. 2017. “News and Information Leadership in the Digital Age.” Forthcoming at Information, Communication and Society

Valeriano, Brandon and Philip Habel. 2016. “Who Are the Enemies?: The Visual Framing of Enemies in Digital Games.” International Studies Review 18: 462-486.