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Joshua Tucker: Social Media and Democracy

By June 6, 2021 No Comments

Professor Joshua Tucker, the Co-Director of NYU’s Center for Social Media and Democracy and the co-editor of the recently published Social Media and Democracy: The State of the Field and Prospects for Reform joined us for a presentation of recent research on fake news, foreign influence campaigns, hate speech on Twitter, and the impact of Facebook on ethnic polarization, much of which might challenge what you thought you knew about social media’s complicated relationship with the political sphere.

Joshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics, affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University. He is the Director of NYU’s Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia, a co-Director of the NYU Center for Social Media and Politics, and a co-author/editor of the award-winning politics and policy blogThe Monkey Cage at The Washington Post. He is the co-Chair of the independent academic advisory team for the2020 Facebook Election Research Study, serves on the advisory board of theAmerican National Election Study, the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, and numerous academic journals, and was the co-founder and co-editor of theJournal of Experimental Political Science. His most recent book is the co-edited Social Media and Democracy: The State of the Field and Prospects for Reform (Cambridge University Press, 2020).


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