My research interests broadly encompass the areas of political communication, Science and Technology Studies (STS), British politics and political theory. My primary interests lie in exploring the historical and contemporary relations between technology and politics and with understanding how power functions and is localized among these relations.

As a member of the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London, and of the broader political communication research community, I am interested in the growing concerns out field faces. The political power of social media platforms and technology companies, the use of social media in political campaigns and protests, and the role of algorithms in shaping our everyday experiences especially interest me.

Listed below is a selection of my written publications.

Manuscripts – Revise and Resubmit

Chadwick, A., McDowell-Naylor, D., Smith, A.P., & Watts, E. (Revise and Resubmit). Authority Signalling: How the Relational Interactions between Journalists and Politicians Create Primary Definers in U.K Broadcast News. Submitted to Journalism. 

Working Papers

Political Communication and Science and Technology Studies: Conceptual, Methodological and Empirical Convergences – Paper presented at the Science in Public 2017 Conference in Sheffield, 2017

“A democracy of our own devices?” Public-making and the development of Autonomous Vehicles in the United Kingdom – Paper presented at CICOM33-IPSA Conference in Pamplona, 2017

Other Publications

New Political Communication Blog, ‘You and the Autonomous Vehicle’ (November 2017)

Medium, ‘#GE2017 Digital Media and Campaigns Analysis: A Review (August 2017)

New Political Communication Blog, ‘A Reflection on Phil Howard’s ‘Will The Internet of Things Set Us Free Or Lock Us Up‘ (March 2016)

The Sociological Imagination,  ‘The Importance of Empirical Work and Ontological Philosophy’ (February 2015)

Review Articles & Book Reviews

McDowell-Naylor, D. (2018, forthcoming) Review of Connolly, W. (2017) Facing The Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming (Duke University Press) in Political Studies Review 

McDowell-Naylor, D. (2016) Review of Blackford, R. (2013) Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies (MIT Press) in Political Studies Review (14) 1, pp. 65-66.