John Horrigan

John Horrigan is Senior Research Fellow of the Media and Technology Institute, which was founded in 2008 with a mission to study how emerging communications technologies can become avenues of advancement for the disadvantaged.

Before joining the Joint Center, Horrigan was Vice President for Policy and Research at TechNet, where he developed research characterizing the job impacts of mobile applications and written reports on progress on broadband adoption since the delivery of the National Broadband Plan (see “Broadband Adoption in 2012”) and workforce development issues (see “Preparing America’s 21st Century Workforce”).

Prior to joining TechNet, Horrigan was part of FCC Chairman Genachowski’s leadership team tasked with developing the National Broadband Plan (NBP). In that capacity, he developed research agenda for the “Inclusion” portion of the NBP. He also designed and conducted the FCC’s first national survey on broadband adoption and usage. The survey findings were highlighted in the NBP’s first working paper, Broadband Adoption and Use in America.

Prior to joining the FCC, Mr. Horrigan was Associate Director, Research, with the Pew Internet & American Life Project for nine years, where he studied the online behavior of broadband internet users, mobile internet users, and consumers of other leading edge information technology.

Earlier in his career, Horrigan was a staff officer for the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy at the National Research Council. He also served as press secretary and senior legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Jake Pickle (D-Texas).

Horrigan received his Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in government and economics from the University of Virginia. 

Dr. Horrigan is also a Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies subject matter expert.