When Will Twitter Data Mirror Survey Data?

Survey data have long served as our central method for understanding the attitudes and behaviors of the public.  Recently, however, some researchers have suggested that data from online social networking sites may be able to occupy this same space.  In a number of projects, with multiple colleagues, I am working to…

When do people feel free to reject science?

Researchers have long associated incorrect beliefs about science with a lack of scientific literacy.  Recent work has revealed that some individuals may know the scientific consensus but nonetheless reject it.  Thus far, it remains unclear whether individuals who know and reject science do so out of a limited understanding of…

Does Campaign-Specific Political Knowledge Matter?

While political scientists have long recognized the strong relationship between general political knowledge and voter turnout, less work has attempted to explore how knowing generalized political facts -- such as the proportion of Congress required to override a presidential veto -- might relate to participation. One possible mechanism linking the…

Candidate Name Order

Do candidates listed earlier on the ballot perform better than those listed later?  This research seeks to understand how candidate performance relates to ballot placement through an evaluation of the influence of name order in California general elections. Project has been conducted in conjunction with: Daniel Schneider, Stanford University Alex…