Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Troumbley’s research deals with how taboo language – cursing, swearing, profanity, obscenity, and racial slurs – is managed by medical, legal, and technical institutions in the United States. Most recently, his research has explored the extent to which digital technologies have been used to steer users away from undesirable behaviors as consumer technologies increasingly mediate user access to information or government services. Troumbley's research in this area led him to the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he helped monitor global Internet censorship and participated in the design of a global governing body which will soon take over management of Internet addresses from the U.S.-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Troumbley received his PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.