Pablo Barberá is a PhD student in the Department of Politics at New York University. His research interests encompass the areas of political behavior and electoral institutions, the use of new information and communication technologies in politics, and the electoral consequences of corruption scandals.
Work In Progress:
"Birds of the Same Feather Tweet Together. Bayesian Ideal Point Estimation Using Twitter Data." This article introduces a new method that scales Twitter users along a common ideological dimension based on who they follow.
"One tweet, One Vote? Inequality in the Political Debate on Twitter." (with Gonzalo Rivero, NYU). This working paper analyzes the structure and content of political conversations that take place on Twitter. We find that most of the existing inequalities in public political exchanges are replicated on this micro-blogging platform.
Franziska Barbara Keller is a PhD student at NYU's Department of Politics interested in the ties among political elites and between them and the population. In her dissertation, she infers social networks from publicly available information and uses measures and methods developed in social network analysis to explain regime stability and elite turnover. As part of her research she will conduct a survey to explore the communication networks between Kazakhstani citizens and the government this summer. She holds a combined MA and BA in Political Science and Islamic Studies from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and has studied or worked in China, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, and Dubai.
Kevin Munger is a Ph.D. student at the Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University. Kevin is interested in using machine learning and other computational techniques to study electoral politics, especially in Latin America. He is over 2 meters tall. Before coming to NYU, Kevin taught US Politics at la Universidad de Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile.
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.
Megan Metzger is a PhD student in the Politics Department at NYU. Her research interests include social movements, political violence, public protest, revolution and nationalist politics. Her previous work has focused on Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and she has spent time in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Bosnia, as well as in Spain. Megan holds a Bachelors in Anthropology and International Studies from Macalester College and a Masters in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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 is a PhD student in the Department of Politics at NYU. Her research interests include mass political behavior and democratic development, with a focus on Middle Eastern politics. 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.
Joanna Sterling received her BA at the University of Pittsburgh in both Psychology and International and Area Studies. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Social Psychology at New York University. Joanna is interested in studying conceptions of ideology, ideological identification, and inter-party communication. Her other research interests include system justification theory, mass media communication, leader perception, and indirect means of communication.
Denis Stukal is a PhD student in the Department of Politics at NYU. He is doing research in the fields of Comparative Politics and Political Methodology. He is mainly focused on elections in Post-Communist countries, political communication and ideology in non-democratic regimes, and application of machine learning techniques to analysis of big data in the social sciences.
Ducan Penfold-Brown designed this website together with Peihong. He thinks science is awesome, and dictates all his code to a parrot he trained to type during his jungle adolescence (this last is not strictly true).
Interests: bioinformatics, self-organizing (multiagent, swarm, autonomic, self-adaptive) systems, cloud computing.
Jonathan Ronan speaks 3.14 human languages and several computer languages, and holds an M.Sc in Electrical Engineering as well as a black-belt in business and IT consulting. Other interests include yoga, statistics, and camping, but when he is not doing data science at the lab, you can usually find him at punjabi deli.