June 14 to June 25, 2021 | Rutgers University | Virtual event



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Michael Kenwick
Michael Kenwick is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.
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Katie McCabe
Katie McCabe is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.
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Katya Ognyanova
Katya Ognyanova is an Associate Professor at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University.
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Andrey Tomashevskiy
Andrey Tomashevskiy is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.


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Munmun De Choudhury
Munmun De Choudhury is Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech.
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Christopher Fariss
Christopher Fariss is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan.
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In Song Kim
In Song Kim is Associate Professor of Political Science and a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Daniel Nielson
Daniel Nielson is Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Hana Shepherd
Hana Shepherd is Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University.
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Vivek Singh
Vivek Singh is Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University.
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Zhanna Terechshenko
Zhanna Terechshenko is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Social Media and Politics at New York University.
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Matthew Weber
Matthew Weber is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Rutgers University.

Teaching Assistants

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Burcu Kolcak
Burcu Kolcak is a doctoral student in the political science department at Rutgers University.
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Katie Krumbholz
Katie Krumbholz is a doctoral student in the political science department at Rutgers University.
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Gabriel Varela
Gabriel Varela is a doctoral student in the Sociology department at Duke University.
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Luxuan Wang
Luxuan Wang is a doctoral student in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University.


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Laura Bellows
Laura Bellows is a IES postdoctoral fellow in EdPolicyWorks at the University of Virginia; she graduated from Duke with a PhD in Public Policy from Duke University. I am a social policy scholar who studies the persistence of intergenerational inequality by race, ethnicity, and class. In my current research, I focus on describing how U.S. social policies stabilize, or destabilize, children’s lives.
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Amy Benner
Amy Benner is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University and a research assistant at the Center for American Women and Politics. Her research interests include women’s political participation, barriers to representation, campaign finance, and political psychology. She primarily examines the fundraising process as a structural barrier for women candidates.
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Cory Cascalheira
Cory J. Cascalheira is a doctoral student at New Mexico State University, the research project coordinator in the Minority Stress and Trauma Lab at Syracuse University, and the NICE Chair for Psi Chi. He applies computational social science to the study of minority stress and substance misuse among LGBTQIA+ populations.
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Jeffrey Coltman-Cormier
Jeffrey is a PhD student in Political Science at Rutgers University and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow who earned his B.A. at Florida Atlantic University. The primary focus of his research agenda concerns the political attitudes and behavior of border residents regarding border security measures.
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Haoshu Duan
Haoshu Duan is a doctoral student in sociology at University of Maryland and is also affiliated with Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC). Her research is primarily focused on patterns and health consequences of family caregiving over the life course; beyond this, she also experiments with Machine Learning technique and applies it into health research. She holds a B.A. from Zhejiang University, and a MPP from Michigan State University. She also interned at Insight Policy Research company and conducted program evaluations for WIC.
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Mehri E. Baloochi
Mehri is pursuing a PhD in Organizational Behaviour at the University of Manitoba. She holds a Master’s degree in MBA from University of Tehran, and she has worked as an HR practitioner in several leading companies in Iran. Her research interests are focused on the new world of work, gig workers, resilience, and virtual identity. Her current research focuses on discrimination in online gig-work platforms.
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Kelsey Edmond
Kelsey Edmond is a PhD candidate in Public Policy at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She employs mixed methods to study digital equity policymaking, coproduction theory, and initiatives that bridge the digital divide. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organization and Community Leadership and a Master’s in Public Administration both from the University of Delaware, as well as a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
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Ilona Fridman
Ilona Fridman is a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University. Her research leverages data science to explore patient-reported outcomes in social media, inform future health communications, and prepare patients, physicians, and policymakers for decisions that lead to high-quality patient care.
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Amy Funck
Amy is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Rutgers University studying the effects of emotions and socio-cognitive development on decision making. Current research includes a meta-analysis of emotions and information search, and experiments on personality and decision style, political knowledge and Gen Z, and prompting cognition in surveys.
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Bijean Ghafouri
Bijean is a graduate student in political science at the University of Southern California. He holds a B.Sc in political science from the University of Montreal. His work lies at the intersection of political behavior, political communication, electoral campaigns and social media.
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Stacey Greene
Stacey Greene is an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University. She studies intergroup politics among and between racial/ethnic minorities in the United States.
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V. Tibet Gur
Tibet Gur is a doctoral student at Rutgers Political Science department. He holds a BA and MA degree from International Relations department of Bilkent University, Turkey. His research interests include international political economy, energy regionalism, and maritime border conflict. His prior work has been published on Turkish Studies.
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Jessica Hamilton
Jessica Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University. Her research examines modifiable risk and protective factors for adolescent suicidal thoughts and behaviors, particularly focused on social media and sleep. Methodologically, she uses smartphone sensing and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) to examine these factors in real time.
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Brielle Harbin
Brielle Harbin is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy. Her research examines how the American public forms opinions related to social problems in the United States (e.g. drug use and addiction and racial discrimination) as a result of their social identities, media representations, and personal experience with these issues. She investigates how these understandings emerge in the general public as well as how these same dynamics manifest and affect teaching and learning in the university classroom.
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Xian Huang
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University. Before joining Rutgers, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at University of Pennsylvania. I received a PhD of Political Science from Columbia University. I just published a book, Social Protection under Authoritarianism: Health Politics and Policy in China.
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Hyerim Jo
Hyerim Jo is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication at the University at Albany. Using quantitative research methods including text mining, her research focuses on the production and consumption of mediated messages in various contexts such as health, science, and environment, as well as their impacts on audiences.
Stephanie Kang
Stephanie is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. She uses formal theory and quantitative data analysis to study defense cooperation between countries. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright Program, the Korea Foundation, and the Department of Education.
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Isaac Kimmel
Isaac Kimmel is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Notre Dame who studies the shaping effect of cultural frames on identity formation and social change; his research often overlaps with the fields of political science, communications, philosophy, history, and theology. Isaac's dissertation uses data from US political candidates on Twitter to investigate how preexisting partisan values and loyalties formed the official response to the emerging and evolving COVID-19 pandemic. He is interested in topic modeling and other forms of automated text analysis, especially insofar as they can be integrated into a mixed-methods approach. Isaac holds an MA in sociology from Notre Dame and a BA in philosophy from the Catholic University of America.
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India Lenear
India S. Lenear is currently a doctoral student at Rutgers University at New Brunswick. Her work broadly studies Women and politics, American politics, and American Political Theory. More specifically, she focuses on Black politics, identity politics, and Black feminism(s). Her research examines Black women’s political behavior, engagement, and participation through Black feminist theoretical lenses. She holds a BA in Political Science from North Carolina Central University.
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YiJyun Lin
YiJyun Lin recently defended her doctoral dissertation entitled “Identifying Spatiotemporal Effects of Climate Variability on Civil Conflicts.” Her long-term research agenda concerns the use of machine learning and spatial methods to collect and analyze text and image data on the effects of climate change on local environmental degradation, resource scarcity, anti-immigration attitudes, and the emerging contentious politics.
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Shuning Lu
Shuning Lu (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, North Dakota State University. Her research interests revolve around news use, media effects, and political communication. Her recent projects explore social media news engagement, online incivility, and civic engagement with online experiments and large-scale surveys.
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David Martin
David is a political science PhD student at Rutgers University where he studies American Politics, Comparative Politics, and Research Methodology. His interests are in political economy and American Political Development. His current project is on currency politics and the role of ideas in the New Deal.
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Mario Mercado-Diaz
Mario Mercado Diaz is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Sociology program at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. His dissertation studies the effects Spanish Caribbean migrants have on the receiving communities of Houston, TX. More broadly, he is interested in land use and housing, aging and health equity, and migrant deportation.
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Katlyn Milless
Katlyn is a PhD candidate in Basic and Applied Social Psychology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research lives at the intersection of social justice and psychological theory. She investigates factors to upend group disparities in education and the workplace, as well as ways to promote intergroup safety more broadly.
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Zhaomeng Niu
Zhaomeng Niu is a postdoctoral fellow in Behavioral Sciences at Rutgers Cancer Insititute of New Jersey. She received her PhD from Washington State University. Her research interests include social media interventions, human-computer interaction, and health communication.
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Francisco Olivos
Francisco Olivos is a PhD candidate at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He will join the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He also obtained a master's degree in Sociology and Social Research from Utrecht University. His research interests are cultural sociology, education, stratification, and subjective well-being.
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Salomey Osei
Salomey holds a Master of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She is the Research lead of unsupervised methods for Ghana NLP and a co organizer for the Women in Machine Learning and Data Science (WiMLDS) Accra chapter. She is also passionate about mentoring students, especially females in STEM and her long term goal is to share her knowledge with others by lecturing.
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Emirhan Özkan
Emirhan Özkan is a doctoral student in political science at Rutgers University. His research interests lie in the intersection of international relations and comparative politics. Emirhan is particularly interested in the foreign policy, public opinion, foreign meddling with a methodological interest in experimental methods. His current research examines the public opinion towards foreign electoral interventions.
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Nick Paulson
Nick Paulson is a doctoral student in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the role of postsecondary curriculum requirements like general education courses in long-term outcomes ranging from the labor market to democratic participation.
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Annamaria Prati
Annamaria Prati is a doctoral student in the Political Science department at Washington University in St. Louis. Her current research seeks to develop quantitative methods for international relations research. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University, a M.A. from University of Chicago, and a M.A. from Columbia University.
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Ian Reynolds
Ian Reynolds is a PhD student at American University School of International Service. His research focuses on how socio-historical processes generate the parameters for the adoption of artificial intelligence in US national security decision-making. He is also interested in exploring how interpretive and computational methodologies can be paired in social science research.
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Alexandra Ruth
Ali Ruth is a PhD candidate in Health Policy & Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research interests include food insecurity, vaccine policy, and research ethics. Her dissertation research focuses on vaccine access and equity for older adults in the U.S. Previously, she worked as a Senior Research Assistant at the International Food Policy Research Institute.
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Elisabeth Silver
Elisabeth Silver is a doctoral student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Rice University. Her research merges computational and experimental methods to study workplace diversity and discrimination. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a research analyst at Columbia University Medical Center. Elisabeth holds a BS from the University of Michigan.
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Eric Stokan
Eric Stokan is assistant professor of political science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a faculty affiliate with the Indiana University Metropolitan Governance and Management Transitions Lab (MGMT) as well as at the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University. His research focuses on explaining tradeoffs of local governments between economic development, sustainability, and social equity policies, as well as evaluating the programmatic effectiveness of these policies which is currently supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
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Michael Strawbridge
Michael is a PhD student in political science at Rutgers University who earned his B.A. from Beloit College. His primary field is American politics, with interests in Black political behavior and public opinion, political communication, and political psychology. Michael is interested in survey methodology, text analysis, and experiments.
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Frances Wang
Frances Yaping Wang is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Singapore Management University. She received my Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She studies public opinion on foreign policy issues in authoritarian states and state propaganda. Her research draws on archival work, survey experiments, and computerized content analysis.
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Ryan Wang
Ryan Wang is a Ph. D. student majoring in Mass Communications and minoring in Social Data Analytics at Penn State. His broad research interests aim at investigating the development of ICTs and the backbone Internet infrastructure, and their interlocked impacts on political polarization and economic development within a spatial structure.
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Pengfei Zhao
Pengfei Zhao is a first-year Ph.D. student in communication at Cornell University. Her research interest lies at the intersection of new communication technology, interpersonal communication, and well-being.

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