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Leticia Bode

Leticia Bode

Associate Professor, Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University

Political Communications group, Parenting group

Dr. Bode’s work lies at the intersection of communication, technology, and political behavior, emphasizing the role communication and information technologies may play in the acquisition and use of political information. This covers a wide area, including projects looking at incidental exposure to political information on social media, effects of exposure to political comedy, use of social media by political elites, selective exposure and political engagement in new media, and the changing nature of political socialization given the modern media environment. 

 

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Pamela Davis-Kean

Pamela Davis-Kean

Professor, Department of Psychology; Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research; Research Professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Parenting group

Dr. Davis-Kean’s research focuses on the various pathways that the socio-economic status (SES) of parents relates to the cognitive/achievement outcomes of their children. Her primary focus is on parental educational attainment and how it can influence the development of the home environment throughout childhood, adolescence, and the transition to adulthood.

 

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Jonathan Ladd

Jonathan Ladd

Associate Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Political Communications group

Dr. Ladd studies the news media, public opinion, partisan polarization, and the loss of confidence in institutions. His book, Why Americans Hate the Media and How it Matters, won the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and the McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research.

 

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Josh Pasek

Josh Pasek

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies; Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Political Communications group

Dr. Pasek’s research explores how new media and psychological processes each shape political attitudes, public opinion, and political behaviors. Josh also examines issues in the measurement of public opinion including techniques for reducing measurement error and improving survey design.

 

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Lisa Singh

Lisa Singh

Professor, Department of Computer Science and McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Political Communications group, Parenting group

Dr. Singh specializes in data-centric computing. Her research involves aspects of data driven computer science: data mining, data privacy, data science, and data visualization. 

 

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Laila A. Wahedi

Laila A. Wahedi

Fellow, Massive Data Institute, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Dr. Wahedi’s research interests vary across the field of security studies and international relations, but focus on understanding networks of militant organizations: why do groups align, and what is the impact of patterns of alignment on these groups? 

 

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Ceren Budak

Ceren Budak

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering, University of Michigan

Political Communications group

Dr. Budak’s interests lie in the area of computational social science. She is particularly interested in the use of large scale data sets and computational techniques to study problems with policy, social and political implications.

 

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Mei Fu

Mei Fu

Research Assistant, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Chris Kirov

Chris Kirov

Computational Linguist, Georgetown University

Dr. Kirov is interested in natural language processing, computational linguistics, and machine learning, especially deep learning.

Linda Li

Linda Li

Graduate Research Assistant, Georgetown University

Ms. Li is interested in data science and is currently pursuing a degree in analytics at Georgetown University.

Colleen Ann McClain

Colleen Ann McClain

Graduate Student Research Assistant, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Ms. McClain is a Ph.D. student and research assistant in the Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include the use of technology in methodological research, nonersponse and measurement issues in combining surveys and “big” textual and passive data, and cognitive mechanisms of survey response, as well as substantive and methodological applications to public opinion research.

Trivellore Raghunathan

Trivellore Raghunathan

Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health; Director and Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Methods group

Dr. Ragunathan’s research interests are in the analysis of incomplete data, multiple imputation, Bayesian methods, and design and analysis of sample surveys. His contributions to this project are primarily in the areas of political communication and developing new survey statistical techniques, respectively. 

 

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Stuart Soroka

Stuart Soroka

Michael W Traugott Collegiate Professor of Communication Studies and Political Science; Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Political Communications group

Dr. Soroka’s research focuses on political communication, the sources and/or structure of public preferences for policy, and the relationships between public policy, public opinion, and mass media. 

Yifang Wei

Yifang Wei

Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgetown University

Dr. Wei researches text mining, event detection, and anomaly detection. He has been a part of research groups studying demographic inference, forced migration, parenting, privacy, and victims of violence.

Michelyne Chavez

Michelyne Chavez

Program Coordinator, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Ms. Chavez is a Master’s candidate in the Program of Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University. She is interested in exploring the cross between data analysis and the study of transnational crime in Latin America.

Robert Churchill

Robert Churchill

Georgetown University

Mr. Churchill is a PhD student whose interests include data mining, machine learning, data science, and security.

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Jule Krüger

Jule Krüger

Program Manager, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Dr. Krüger is skilled in data science and analysis, scientific writing and methodology. She is an expert in data generating processes, triangulating multiple databases, and expanding methodology for researching difficult to observe populations.

 

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Zeina Mneimneh

Zeina Mneimneh

Assistant Research Scientist, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Methods group

Dr. Mneimneh has more than 15 years of experience in designing, conducting, and overseeing large-scale surveys and is a collaborator in the cross-national World Mental Health survey initiative. Her main research interests include interview privacy, social desirability effects, adaptive measurement design, interviewer effects, and quality of big data.

 

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Yiqing Ren

Yiqing Ren

Senior Developer and Database Administrator, Massive Data Institute, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Ms. Ren provides web support for the project. Her research interests are databases and information retrieval, more generally centered around data-driven analytics. She has experience in developing database-backed infrastructure for supporting analytics tasks.

Rebecca Ryan

Rebecca Ryan

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Parenting group

Dr. Ryan’s research explores the implications of socioeconomic disadvantage for children’s home environments and well-being and as well as the relationship between parenting and children’s development in at-risk contexts. Both strains of research explore two fundamental influences on child well-being: the quality of parent-child interactions and parents’ ability to invest time and money in children’s environments. 

 

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Michael Traugott

Michael Traugott

Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies; Professor Emeritus of Political Science; Research Professor, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research University of Michigan

Political Communications group

Dr. Traugott studies the mass media and their impact on American politics. This includes research on the use of the media by candidates in their campaigns and its impact on voters, as well as the ways that campaigns are covered and the impact of this coverage on candidates.

 

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