IMG_0448Sean Kates

Sean is a Ph.D. student at the Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University. His studies focus on political behavior and party politics, particularly as they relate to far right parties in Europe. He holds bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Evgenii Nikitin

Evgenii Nikitin is a PhD student in the Department of Politics at NYU. His research is focused on developing novel methods for analysis of social media data. His specific research interests include content-based estimation of ideological positions, target-dependent sentiment analysis, and measuring effects of social pressure on online political behavior.

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Kevin Munger is a 5th year PhD Candidate in Politics. His research analyses the way that new media technologies have changed elite political communication and mass political behavior in the US by dramatically lowering barriers to entry and going around traditional gatekeepers, not always for the better.

Sergey Sanovich

Sergey Sanovich is a Ph.D. student in the Wilf Family Department of Politics at NYU. He studies institutions and policies that enable authoritarian regimes to stay in power. Specifically he is interested how governments manage potential threats from organised opposition through election fraud as well as formal electoral rules manipulation. In the SMaPP lab he studies tools employed to counter opposition activity in social media. Sergey holds Bachelor in Economics and Masters in Public Policy from Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and Masters in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.


Alexandra Siegel

Alexandra Siegel is a PhD student in the Department of Politics at NYU. Her research uses social media data, social network analysis, and textual analysis to explore mass political behavior in the Arab World. Prior to starting graduate school, Alexandra was a Junior Fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo. She holds a Bachelors in International Relations and Arabic from Tufts University.

Melanie Langer

Melanie Langer received a B.S. in Psychology with a focus on Philosophy from Yale University and an M.A. in French Cultural Studies from Columbia University. She is​ currently​ a ​doctoral student in ​Social Psychology​ at New York University. ​She is interested in values, beliefs, and preferences, how ideology motivates positions on particular issues and behaviors​​, and ​the mechanisms by which people’s attachment and resistance to certain attitudes and behaviors​ are altered​.​


Denis Stukal
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Denis Stukal is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics at NYU. He is doing research in the fields of Comparative Politics and Political Methodology. His primary focus is the use of machine learning techniques to study political misinformation in post-communist countries (especially, in Russia).


William Brady

William is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of psychology. He studies how moral and political ideas spread in social networks, and also how digital environments shape the expression of moral emotions.


Ye Wang

Ye is a Ph.D. student at the Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University. He studies political methodology and public opinion in non-democratic countries, with a special focus on China. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Math from Fudan University and a master degree in Economics from Peking University.

Gregory Eady

Gregory Eady is a post-doctoral fellow at SMaPP. His primary interests lie in the development of statistical methods for the measurement of political attitudes and behaviors, and their application to large-scale social media and elections data.


Jan Zilinsky

Jan Zilinsky is a PhD student in the Department of Politics at NYU. His research focuses on media consumption, learning, and political behavior.