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The Data & Democracy Research Initiative seeks postdoctoral scholars for research at the intersection of political and data science. Find more information and apply here; application review will begin on March 21, 2022.

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.


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, University of Chicago

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