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Joshua A. Tucker
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Bio:  Joshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics with an affiliated appointment in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University (NYU) and an Affiliated Professor of Politics at NYU-Abu Dhabi. Professor Tucker specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on mass political behavior in East- Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, including…full bio


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Jonathan Nagler
Bio:  Jonathan Nagler is Professor of Politics at New York University. He received his AB in government from Harvard University in 1982, and his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1989. He has been a visiting associate professor at Caltech and Harvard, and has taught at the Summer Program, European Consortium for Political Research, Essex University, England, and the Summer Program, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan, as well as the ESRC Oxford Spring School in Quantitative Methods for Social Research…full bio


Yindalon  Aphinyanaphongs
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Bio: I am an assistant professor in the Center for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics. My research involves understanding how to identify social media content automatically using machine learning, theoretical work on machine learning and text classification, and health information flows within social networks. We aim to build on the insights from social media work in political science toward applications in healthcare.


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Bio:  Eytan Bakshy leads the Experimental Design and Causal Inference group with the Core Data Science Team at Facebook.  His research interests include large-scale field experimentation, adaptive experiments, causal inference, and information diffusion in networks, and he is the author of PlanOut, an open-source framework for designing and deploying online experiments.  His recent projects related to social media and political participation include studies of exposure to political content on Facebook and estimating ideology in sharing networks.  Eytan holds a Ph.D. in Information from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Pablo Barbera
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Bio:  Pablo Barberá is a Moore-Sloan Fellow at the NYU Center for Data Science. In July 2016, he will be joining the faculty of the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor. He received his PhD in Political Science from New York University in 2015. His primary areas of research include social media and politics, quantitative methods, and electoral behavior and political representation. For more information and recent publications, check his website:
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Text Tools
Bio:  Nick Beauchamp is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Political Science, and a core faculty member of the NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks and the Network Science Institute.  His research examines how political opinions form and change as a result of discussion, deliberation and argument in domains such as legislatures, campaigns, the judiciary, and social media, using techniques from machine learning, automated text analysis, and social network analysis…full bio


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Bio:  Rich Bonneau is an Associate Professor of Biology and Computer Science at NYU. Professor Bonneau’s laboratory is focused on two areas in computational and systems biology: 1) Predicting and designing protein and peptidomimetic structure and 2) Learning dynamic network models automatically from functional genomics data using scalable methods.In both research areas Professor Bonneau has played key roles in…full bio


Rumi Chunara
Bio:  Our research group is interested in the use of personally generated data to better understand population-level disease spread. This includes data from social media sources such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as data from other Internet and mobile-connected tools. We are currently working on projects using social media to understand health behaviors and other epidemiological factors. In doing so we also develop methodology for using unstructured reports as well as work on coupling social media with other data sources to increase specificity.


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Dean Eckles
Bio:  Dean Eckles is a social scientist, statistician, and assistant professor in the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was previously a member of the Core Data Science team at Facebook. He studies how interactive technologies affect human behavior by mediating, amplifying, and directing social influence — and the statistical methods to study these processes.


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Bio: Ruben Enikolopov is an ICREA Research Professor at Barcelona Institute of Political Economy and Governance, UPF, and Associate Professor of economics at the New Economic School, Moscow. His research interests include economics of mass media and political economy. Ruben is currently working on several research projects that focus on the effect of online social media on political participation, e,g. the effect of social media penetration on political protests, propagation of political information in social networks, and the effects of anticorruption blogging on stock market performance and corporate performance of the target firms.


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Juliana Freire
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Bio:  Juliana Freire is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and of Data Science at New York University. Her recent research has focused on big-data analysis and visualization, large-scale information integration, provenance management, and computational reproducibility. Prof. Freire is an active member of the database and Web research communities, with over 150 technical papers, several open-source systems, and 11 U.S. patents…full bio


Sandra González-Bailón
Bio:  Sandra González-Bailón is an Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and affiliated faculty at the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Penn, she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (2008-2013), where she is now a Research Associate. She completed her doctoral degree in Nuffield College (University of Oxford) and her undergraduate studies at the University of Barcelona. Sandra’s research lies at the intersection of network science, data mining, computational tools…full bio


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Samuel Gosling
Bio:  Sam Gosling is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He did his doctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley, where his dissertation focused personality in spotted hyenas. Gosling has published broadly on the topics of Internet-based methods of data collection and personality in human and non-human animals. His human research has looked at how personality traits and values are manifested in everyday contexts like bedrooms, offices, webpages, music preferences, and social-media profiles. His work on the psychology of physical space includes research on how people can use information from social media platforms (e.g., Foursquare) to congregate in groups of like-minded others.
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Bio:  Dr. Habel is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Political Science Department at the University of South Alabama. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Habel was a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and Professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Habel’s work in political communication examines the dynamics of influential relationships and information flows among politicians, media, and the public…full bio


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Bio:  Curtis D. Hardin is a social psychologist, Professor of Psychology, and member of the Basic and Applied Social Psychology Program at Brooklyn College & Graduate Center, City University of New York. He studies how specific interpersonal relationship dynamics regulate conscious and unconscious thinking about the self, others, and social groups.


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Bio:  Stefano M. Iacus, is Professor of Statistics at the University of Milan, Italy; Director of the Data Science Laboratory and Head of the Master program in Economics & Finance of the same University. Co-Founder and President of the university spin-off Voices from the Blogs Ltd, member of the R Core Development Team from 1999 to 2014. His interest include computational statistics, causal inference, mathematical finance and sentiment analysis. Author of a few monographs, several scientific papers and a variety of packages fro the R language…full bio


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Bio:  John T. Jost is Professor of Psychology and Politics and Co-Director of the Center for Social and Political Behavior at New York University. His research, which addresses stereotyping, prejudice, political ideology, and system justification theory, has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has appeared in top scientific journals and received national and international media attention. He has published over 120 journal articles and book chapters and four co-edited book volumes, including Social and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification…full bio


Solomon Messing
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Bio: Solomon Messing is director of Data Labs at Pew Research Center. His team uses computational methods and machine learning to complement and expand upon the Center’s existing research methods. Prior to joining the Center, Messing worked as a data scientist at Facebook and a media analyst at Science Applications International Corporation. His work there appeared in Science, Princeton University Press and the American Political Science Review, and has been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, CBS and the BBC, among other outlets…full bio
DSCF0563_cropJennifer Pan



Bio:  Jennifer Pan studies the strategies authoritarian regimes employ to perpetuate their rule, including censorship, surveillance, redistribution, responsiveness, and how technology such as social media facilitates and hinders these strategies. Her work focuses primarily on China, and uses methods of automated content analysis and experiments to measure and examine different components of these strategies. Formerly a graduate fellow at the Harvard Academy for International and Area studies, Pan is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University.

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James Pennebaker



Bio: James W Pennebaker is the Regents Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts and Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His training is in social and personality psychology although his research ranges into many fields. His most recent work focuses on the ways that everyday language reflects the social and psychological states of people, groups, and cultures. He has published articles on the language of world leaders, extremist organizations, and regular people to better understand threat, status, and social relationships.


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Bio:  Maria Petrova does research on political economy of traditional and social media. Her ongoing projects are focused on social media and political accountability (mostly in Russia), social media and protests (in Russia), social media and political donations (in the United States), and blogs vs traditional media content (all over the world).


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Bio:  Adam Ramey is an Assistant Professor of Politics at New York University – Abu Dhabi. His expertise is in the areas of American legislative politics and behavior as well as political methodology (text analysis, item response theory, and machine learning). Adam’s current work uses text from legislative speeches as well as social media behavior to identify the personality traits of both the elites and masses in the United States. Currently, he is writing a book (More than a Feeling: Personality, Polarization, and the Transformation of the U.S. Congress) on how elite personality…full bio


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Bio: Margaret Roberts is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.  Her research interests lie in the intersection of political methodology and the politics of information, with a specific focus on methods of automated content analysis and the politics of censorship in China.  With respect to social media, her work has focused on reverse-engineering Internet censorship in China, estimating the effects of censorship, and developing new algorithms to…full bio


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Bio:   David Rothschild is an economist at Microsoft Research. He has a Ph.D. in applied economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His primary body of work is on forecasting, and understanding public interest and sentiment. Related work examines how the public absorbs information. He has written extensively, in both the academic and popular press, on polling, prediction markets, social media and online data, and predictions of upcoming events; …full bio


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Bio: Yannis Theocharis is Senior Research Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). He holds a PhD in Political Science from UCL (2011) and was Humboldt Research Fellow at the MZES (2011-2013). His research interests are in political behavior and communication, comparative politics and social capital.

His latest work has been focusing on the study of the effects of social media on political participation, collective action organisation and…full bio

s200_cristian.vaccariCristian Vaccari
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Bio:  Cristian Vaccari is Reader in Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London and Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Bologna. He studies political communication in comparative perspective, with a particular focus on digital media and is the Principal Investigator of a three-year research project titled “Building Inclusive Societies and a Global Europe Online:  Political Information and Participation on Social Media in Comparative Perspective” (…full bio