Welcome

I am computational social scientist, studying political communication and political behavior by developing new methods in natural language processing, network analysis, and machine learning.

I am currently a CDS Moore-Sloan Faculty Fellow at NYU’s Center for Data Science (CDS) and a research Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media & Public Affairs where I collaborate on the “Twitter Healthy Conversations” project. I received my PhD from Northeastern’s Network Science program in Spring 2020.

In Fall 2022, I’ll begin as an Assistant Professor at Rutgers in the Department of Communication, within the School of Communication and Information.

My research focuses on how people express their political views, reason about political issues, and engage with others around matters of common concern. I study these phenomena in a variety of settings using a range of methods, including human-subject experiments; large observational corpora of social media and debate transcripts; and dynamic models.

My published work includes multiple studies of engagement in political conversations online, an examination of persuasion and argument strength in formal political debates, and a framework for building core civic skills through interactive games. My substantive focus on political communication, public opinion, and civic participation is enriched by my methodological training; allowing me to identify methodological gaps and develop text and network methods needed to pursue research questions within these domains.

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