Carolyn Gideon

Carolyn Gideon

(617) 627-5066
Research/Areas of Interest:

-Information and telecommunications policy, especially issues of industry structure and regulation
-Public policy analysis


  • PhD, Public Policy, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 2003
  • MPP, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 1995
  • BS, Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States, 1987


Carolyn F. Gideon is Assistant Professor of International Communication and Technology Policy. She is also Director of the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs. Gideon's research focus is policy, access, and industry structure issues of information and communication technology. She has been a Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and at the Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School, and a research affiliate with the MIT Program on Internet and Telecoms Convergence. Past experience includes Asst. Vice President of Parker/Hunter Incorporated, Manager of Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust, and Consultant with Strategic Planning Associates (now Mercer Management Consulting). She is a member of the International Telecommunication Society, International Communications Association, Society for Benefit Cost Analysis, and President-Elect of the Transportation and Public Utility Group of the American Economic Association.
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Selected Publications

Gideon, C., & Kukura, A. (n.d.). Everyone Had to be a Part of This: Social Media and Uprising Participation Decisions. SSRN.

Gideon, C. (n.d.). Evaluating Algorithmic Governance Regimes: A Game Theoretic and Empirical Analysis.

Gideon, C. (2012). The phoneless in the broadband age: A pilot study in Massachusetts. Telecommunications Policy, 36(9), 704-723. doi:10.1016/j.telpol.2012.06.016

Gideon, C. (2006). Technology policy by default: Shaping communications technology through regulatory policy. In Shaping Science and Technology Policy: The Next Generation of Research (pp. 256-272).

Gideon, C., & Gabel, D. (2011). Disconnecting: Understanding decline in universal service. Telecommunications Policy, 35(8), 737-751. doi:10.1016/j.telpol.2011.06.006

Gideon, C., & Gabel, D. (2005). Retail Prices and Facility-Based Entry into the Telecommunications Market.

Gideon, C. (2007). The Potential for Competition in Network Communications Industries.