I am a George Gerbner postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
My research focuses on how people are affected by political (mis)information and how new media technologies shape politics. I draw on surveys, experiments, and large-scale administrative data to answer my research questions.
Overall, the findings from my research indicate that citizens are capable of rationally revising their opinions based on facts and evidence, under the right circumstances. But my findings also show that (1) adversarial information environments, (2) circulation of political misinformation, (3) people’s tendency to selectively tune in and out of politics over time, and (4) extreme individuals self-selecting into public discourse on social media can hinder citizens from grounding their opinions on the best available evidence—and thus likely breed political polarization in the United States.