Professor Bimber uses statistical methods to study various aspects of the digital media environment and its effects on human behavior and public opinion. One area of research is selective exposure to partisan news and its consequences for opinion and participation in democracy. Another area involves how protest, advocacy, and other forms of collective behavior are reshaped by social media and other tools.
His most recent book is Collective Action in Organizations (Cambridge University Press), with Andrew Flanagin and Cynthia Stohl. He is author of Information and American Democracy (Cambridge University Press), which won the Price Award for Best Book on Science, Technology and Politics from the American Political Science Association, and which is available in Chinese, Arabic, and Korean. His book Campaigning Online (Oxford University Press), with Richard Davis, won the McGannon Communication Policy Award for social and ethical relevance. He is also author of The Politics of Expertise in Congress (SUNY Press) and many articles in political science and communication journals.