I am a Professor of Politics, an affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and an affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University.  I am the Director of NYU’s Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia, a co-director of the NYU Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) lab, and a co-Author of the award winning politics and policy blog The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post. In 2006, I became the first scholar of post-communist politics to be awarded the Emerging Scholar Award for the top scholar in the field of Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior within 10 years of the doctorate, and in 2012 I was part of an interdisciplinary four-person team of NYU faculty to win one the National Science Foundation’s inaugural INSPIRE grants.

For most of my career I have studied comparative politics with an emphasis on mass politics, including elections and voting, the development of partisan attachment, public opinion formation, and political protest, as well as how social media usage affects all of these types of political behavior. My primary regional specialization is in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

For the past six years, however, I have been spending a lot of time working on the studying the relationship between social media, politics, and political participation.  Through my work at the SMaPP lab, I have examined topics including partisan echo chambers, online hate speech, whether exposure to social media increases political knowledge, online networks and protest, disinformation and fake news, how authoritarian regimes respond to online opposition, and Russian bots. 

My latest book, co-authored with Grigore Pop-Eleches, on the legacy of communism on attitudes towards democracy, markets, social welfare, and gender equality among post-communist citizens and titled Communism’s Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudeswas published in Princeton University Press’s new Studies in Political Behavior series in the spring of 2017. You can also download a conference paper version of the manuscript that introduces the main arguments, methods, and provides results from one of the five empirical chapters.

I am also involved in a number of other ongoing research projects, including the comparative study of variation in the strength of partisanship across countries, parties, and individuals; the determinants of mass protest (especially following electoral fraud); and the effect of corruption on voting behavior.  You can find papers and articles from all of these projects – as well as from other research projects – on the research page of this website.

On this website you can find information about myself, my research, and my teaching through the menu bar at the top of the page.  You can follow me on Twitter @j_a_tucker.


NEW REPORT: Social Media, Political Polarization, and Political Disinformation: A Review of the Scientific Literature (March 19, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3144139