Research

Dissertation

Hooked With Phonetics: The Strategic Use of Style-Shifting in Political Rhetoric
Dissertation committee: Burt Monroe, Michael Nelson, Bruce Desmarais, Rebecca Passonneau
Computational analysis of phonetic style-shifting in political speech, which serves the purpose of accommodating the preferences of different audiences and thus furthering the electoral and representational goals of the speaker. Analysis of audio data shows that U.S. senators speak with a greater degree of sophistication in Congress, compared to a campaign context.

Working Papers

Government websites as data: A methodological pipeline with application to the websites of municipalities in the United States
With Fridolin Linder and Bruce Desmarais
Scraping, cleaning, extracting pertinent information from and analyzing websites of local governments through a comprehensive pipeline. The analysis shows that the partisanship of the mayor influences which type of content appears on the website.

Fair and Balanced? News Media Bias in the Photographic Coverage of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
Using computer vision to investigate photographic media bias in the 2016 presidential election. The results show less media bias than expected in the selection of images of supporters, but also unexpected media bias in favor of Donald Trump in terms of image quantity and quality even in liberal outlets.

More Than Just Kissing Babies: The Strategy of Campaign Visits in United States Presidential Elections
Investigating the strategies employed by presidential candidates in choosing where to hold campaign rallies at the state and county level. Closeness of the election, votes of the state in the electoral college and socio-demographic factors are found to play a role.

One for all and all for one? Altruistic behavior, population size and network topology
Network simulation exploring the effect of network topology in the evolutionary development of altruism. Small-world structures are found to be a negative influence, whereas an equal distribution of edges helps altruism.

Other Research

Causal Evidence on State Effects from a Geographic Regression Discontinuity Design
A geographic regression discontinuity design utilizing state borders is used to show that there are state effects involved in determining the number of churches and gun stores located on either side of the border.