Stephen Meserve, an assistant professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs, has received the American Political Science Association’s 2019 Best Published Article in Information Technology and Politics Award, along with Daniel Pemstein, assistant professor of political science at North Dakota State University, for “Google Politics: The Political Determinants of Internet Censorship in Democracies.” According to the article’s abstract, the expansion of digital interconnectivity has both increased individuals’ access to media and presented governments with new opportunities to regulate information flows. Meserve and Pemstein argue that government internet censorship occurs, in part, for political reasons. They seek to identify the conditions under which governments censor material. Meserve’s expertise lies in comparative politics, with specific research interests in comparative political economy, comparative legislative politics, measurement, and a regional expertise in Europe. He is active in a variety of projects within these areas, exploring issues related to the political economy of development (distributive politics, clientelism, democratization), digital politics, and legislative politics in the European Parliament.