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Call for Applications – Data & Democracy Postdoctoral Scholars

Our democracy is under assault by the deliberate manipulation of facts, the growth of conspiracy theories, mounting public distrust, and an increasing willingness to endorse autocratic beliefs and engage in political violence—often enabled and fueled by digital media and a rapidly-evolving data landscape.

Data & Democracy — a transformational collaboration between the DSI and the Center for Effective Government — conducts cross-disciplinary research, convenes key stakeholders, and circulates and amplifies the findings needed to protect democracy in the digital age.

The Data & Democracy research initiative is a unique collaboration between computer scientists, statisticians and political scientists to better understand democracy in the digital age. This initiative will investigate critical questions concerning the impact of misinformation on effective government, how online communication translates into offline political behavior, and the implications of the consolidation of online media platforms for free speech. We invite researchers to join this initiative to spearhead new interdisciplinary research projects as part of a growing community of scholars.

Seed Fund Projects

Understanding and Auditing Content Moderation Policies

Combining computer science and law approaches to conduct an empirical study of the moderation policies and practices of popular social media platforms.

Marshini Chetty, Chenhao Tan, Nick Feamster (Computer Science), Genevieve Lakier (Law)

 

Partisan Polarization and Political Dysfunction

Does polarization produce government dysfunction, or do impediments to lawmaking propagate political extremism?

William Howell, Andrew Eggers (Political Science), Anthony Fowler (Harris School of Public Policy), Chenhao Tan (Computer Science)

 

Understanding Divergent Interpretations of Political Information

Using a combination of methods from neuroscience, linguistics, and computer science, to refine existing approaches for measuring political bias.

Yuan Chang Leong (Psychology), Daniel Grzenda (Data Science Institute)

 

Facebook Messenger Chatbot for Surveys and Intervention Testing

Developing a chatbot that can be used for researching information consumption and messaging interventions for political participation and behavior.

Molly Offer-Westort (Political Science), Nick Feamster (Computer Science)

 

Team

Nick Feamster

Faculty Director of Research, Data Science Institute; Neubauer Professor of Computer Science and The College

William Howell

Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College, and Director of the Center for Effective Government

David Uminsky

Executive Director, Data Science Institute; Senior Research Associate, Department of Computer Science

Katie Rosengarten

Program Manager, Data Science Institute

Sadia Sindhu

Executive Director, Center for Effective Government

Dylan Schaffer

Assistant Director, Center for Effective Government

Tiana Epps-Johnson

Senior Practitioner Fellow, Center for Effective Government

Mindy Finn

Senior Practitioner Fellow, Center for Effective Government

Grace Wang

DSI Summer Lab Research Assistant; Undergraduate, University of Chicago

Su Karaca

DSI Summer Lab Research Assistant; Undergraduate, the University of Chicago

Resty Fufunan

DSI Summer Lab Research Assistant; Undergraduate, Yale University

Edona Saliu

DSI Summer Lab Research Assistant; Undergraduate, Minerva University