New SMaPP paper


Drawing Inferences and Testing Theories with Big Data
by Jonathan Nagler, Joshua Tucker, Richard Bonneau, and John T. Jost

SMaPP in the Media

Interview with Joshua Tucker on Ukraine and the work of the SMaPP: Voice of America: Press Conference USA - by Carol Castiel (Podcast)

Joshua Tucker on social media and the Ukraine protests in: Ukraine's Social Media Revolution Years in the Making - by Cecily Hilleary (Voice of America)

Joshua Tucker on social media and the Ukraine protests in: Ukraine’s burning question: who’s in charge? - by Olivia Ward (Toronto Star)

Ukraine protests fueled by social media - by Marita Vlachou in Washington Square News

Tweeting the revolution: social media use and the #Euromaidan protests - by Pablo Barbera and Megan Metzger in Huffington Post


The SMaPP team is working on an interdisciplinary research project that has been funded by the NYU Research Investment Fund and the INSPIRE program of the National Science Foundation (Award #1248077). The project is entitled “Computer Learning of Dynamical Systems to Investigate Cognitive and Motivational Effects of Social Media Use on Political Participation.”

Our goals are fourfold:
  1. To formalize and test a dynamic, integrative theory of the cognitive and motivational effects of social media on political participation;
  2. To design computer programs to extract meaningful slices of data from existing social media platforms such as Twitter;
  3. To identify “best practices” with respect to techniques for culling, analyzing, and annotating complex social network data and to apply these practices in our research (e.g., by focusing on single events and scaling upward to handle extremely large samples of events and participants);
  4. To offer definitive empirical conclusions concerning the causal mechanisms by which social media affects political participation (by integrating the use of original panel surveys and data from social media sources).
Principal Investigators:
Richard Bonneau (Biology/Computer Science)
John T. Jost (Psychology and Politics)
Jonathan Nagler (Politics)
Joshua Tucker (Politics and Russian and Slavic Studies)