Social Media and Political Participation
date: May 10, 2013
location: Villa Sassetti
Eva Anduiza
Associate Professor, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona .

Eva Anduiza is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona since 2003. She holds a degree in political science and sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a postgraduate diploma on social science data analysis from the University of Essex, and a PhD in political and social sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. She has taught political science at the University of Salamanca and Murcia in Spain. Her research interests currently deal with the relationship between digital media and political engagement, and with how the economic crisis affects political attitudes. She is currently principal investigator of the research group on Democracy, Elections and Citizenship.


Pablo Barberá
Ph.D. student, Department of Politics, New York University

Pablo Barberá is a Moore-Sloan Fellow at the NYU Center for Data Science. In July 2016, he will be joining the faculty of the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from New York University in 2015. His primary areas of research include social media and politics, quantitative methods, and electoral behavior and political representation. For more information and recent publications, check his website:

Andrea Ceron
University of Milan

Andrea Ceron is a research fellow in the Department of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Milan. He received his PhD in political science from University of Milan and also holds a Master of Arts in Policy and Comparative Institutions from the same university. He is currently an active member of the research group "Voices from the Blogs (VfB)".

Mario Chacon
Assistant Professor of Political Science, New York University Abu Dhabi

Mario Chacon holds a B.A. and a M.A. in Economics from the Universidad de Los Andes Colombia, as well as a Ph.D. Yale University. His main research interests are comparative political economy and political development, particularly in Latin American nations. He is currently conducting research on the relationship between political decentralization and armed conflict, and on the long-run impact of political violence in Colombia.

Sergey Chernov
New Economic School, Moscow

Sergey Chernov is a computer scientist with a focus on Information Retrieval and Social Network Analysis. Sergey received his M.Sc. from the Max-Planck Institute for Computer Science in 2005 and his Ph.D. from the University of Hannover in 2012. For the last decade he worked at several research labs in Germany, Israel and Russia. Since 2012 he joined the Center for the Study of New Media and Society at the New Economic School in Moscow. His current research interests are focused on Big Data analysis, merging online and offline data, managing data from large online social networks.

Henry Farrell
George Washington University

Dr. Farrell earned a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in 2000. He also holds a B.A. and M.A. in Politics from University College Dublin. Previously, he served as Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, and was a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute on Common Goods in Bonn, Germany. He has taught courses on the political economy of European integration, the politics of the Internet, and the comparative political economy of Europe at the University of Toronto and Georgetown University. Dr. Farrell is a member of the American Political Science Association, the International Society for the New Institutional Economics, the International Studies Association, and the European Union Studies Association. His research focuses on European Union and European Integration, e-commerce, politics and blogs.


Alessandro Flammini
Associate Professor, University of Indiana

Alessandro Flammini is an Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University where he currently serves as director of the undergraduate program. His background is in Statistical Physics. He has previously held research positions at the International School for Advanced Studies (Trieste, Italy; 2000-2004), the University of Cambridge (UK; 1997-1999), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, US; 1996-1997) and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland). Flammini’s research is focused on the study of information diffusion in online social networks and is funded by NSF, McDonnell Foundation, and DARPA.

Marta Fraile Maldonado
Research Fellow, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IPP)

Marta Fraile Maldonato is a Research Fellow in the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IPP). She has previously been Associate Professor of Political Science at the Universidad Autónoma, Madrid and at Pompeu-Fabra University. Her research interests include Public Opinion, Political Behaviour (electoral and non-electoral), Comparative Politics, and Methodology of the Social Sciences. She is currently working on the study of the different sources of inequality in citizens´ Political Knowledge.

Sandra González-Bailón
Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute

Sandra González-Bailón is an Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and affiliated faculty at the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Penn, she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (2008-2013), where she is now a Research Associate. She completed her doctoral degree at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and her undergraduate studies at the University of Barcelona. Sandra’s research lies at the intersection of network science, data mining, computational tools, and political communication. She is currently working on the book Decoding the Social World: When Data Science Meets Communication (forthcoming with MIT Press) and co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Communication in the Networked Age (with Brooke Foucault-Welles, forthcoming with Oxford University Press). More information about her research and publications can be found at her group’s website <>.

Sam Greene
King’s College London

Dr. Sam Greene holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has previously worked for six years at the Carnegie Moscow Center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, including as deputy director. He was formerly a visiting professor of political science at the New Economic School in Moscow and the Director of the Centre for the Study of New Media and Society. Dr. Greene has written extensively in policy and academic formats and is a frequent commentator in Russian and international media. His areas of research interest currently focus on understanding Russia’s shifting state-society relations and the causes and implications of the recent re-emergence of contested politics in Russia, including the social, political and economic effects of new media. He is currently the director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London. 

Stefano Iacus
University of Milan

Stefano M. Iacus is Professor of Statistics at the University of Milan, Italy, director of the university’s Data Science Laboratory and head of its Masters Program in Economics & Finance. Founder and president of the university spin-off ‘Voices from the Blogs, Ltd.’ and member of the R Core Development Team from 1999 to 2014, his interests include computational statistics, causal inference, mathematical finance and sentiment analysis. He is the author of several monographs, scientific papers and a variety of packages from the R language. He is also associate editor of several international statistical journals. Current research projects include the development of the Social-Well-Being Index (SWBI) for the measurement of aggregated subjective well being perception using social media data and the migration of opinions and people using geo-referenced social media data. He is also developing new algorithms for real time and statistical efficient opinion mining.

Alexey Makarin
International College of Economics and Finance, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Alexey Makarin is a 1st year master student at the International College of Economics and Finance at Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He is also a research assistant at the Laboratory for Applied Analysis of Institutions and Social Capital at the HSE, where he was previously a research assistant at the Laboratory for Industrial Organization Analysis. His research focuses on political economy, social capital theory, microeconomics, and institutional economics.

Davide Morisi
European University Institute

Davide Morisi is a PhD Researcher at the European University Institute, Department of Political and Social Sciences. His research interests concern the relationship between information consumption and the formation of public opinion. He is currently focusing on the effect of media choice on political preferences, with a particular attention to polarization of opinions. Before joining the EUI, Davide studied at the University of Bologna and at the London School of Economics, where he gained a master´s degree in media policy and communication governance.

Francesco Sobbrio
Jean Monnet Fellow, Florence School of Regulation

Francesco Sobbrio is a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Florence School of Regulation. Prior to joining the European University Institute in September 2012, he was an assistant professor of economics at IMT Lucca. Sobbrio holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Southern California. He also holds a M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Warwick and a laurea summa cum laude in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University. His recent work focuses on the theoretical foundations of ideological and commercial media bias. Sobbrio is currently undertaking two empirical research projects looking at how voters and politicians respond to changes in the supply of newspapers and at the impact of broadband Internet on electoral politics.


Ilke Toygur
European University Institute

Ilke TOYGUR is a Ph.D. Candidate at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Department of Political Science and International Relations. She received her M.A. Degree in Political Science from the “Democracy and Government” program of the same university. Ilke also earned an M.A. Degree in Economics from Sabanci University, Istanbul and holds a B.A. Degree in Economics from Hacettepe University, Ankara. Her main academic research areas include: multilevel political representation, political parties, and elections in Europe in times of crisis. She also teaches various courses including European Union politics and elections and political behavior. Prior to her enrollment in the Ph.D. program she worked for three years for a think tank mainly focused on the European Union and E.U.–Turkey relations. Currently she is a visiting researcher at the European University Institute, Florence. Ilke also writes articles for various European think tanks, newspapers and periodicals. She is native speaker in Turkish and speaks fluent English and Spanish.

Joshua Tucker
Professor of Politics, Director of Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia, co-Director of the SMaPP Laboratory and co-editor of award-winning blog The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post

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 Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) laboratory, and a co-author/editor of the award-winning politics and policy blog The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post. He serves on the advisory board of the American National Election Study, the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, and numerous academic journals, and was the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Experimental Political Science. His original research was on mass political behavior in post-communist countries, including voting and elections, partisanship, public opinion formation, and protest participation. More recently, he has been at the forefront of the newly emerging field of study of the relationship between social media and politics. His research in this area has included studies on the effects of network diversity on tolerance, partisan echo chambers, online hate speech, the effects of exposure to social media on political knowledge, online networks and protest, disinformation and fake news, how authoritarian regimes respond to online opposition, and Russian bots and trolls. His research has appeared in over two-dozen scholarly journals, and his most recent book is the co-authored Communism’s Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes (Princeton University Press, 2017). Professor Tucker’s research on social media and politics has been supported by over $2.7 million in grants and gifts in the past 18 months from five philanthropic foundations and the National Science Foundation. Follow him @j_a_tucker.

Zeynep Tufekci
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Zeynep Tufekci is an assistant professor at University of North Carolina and a fellow at Princeton University. Her research interests are how technology interacts with society especially in terms of social movements, privacy and surveillance, sociality and politics and social change. Besides her academic and public writing, she blogs at

Cristian Vaccari
Royal Holloway, University of London and University of Bologna

Cristian Vaccari is Reader in Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Bologna. He studies political communication in comparative perspective, with a particular focus on digital media and is the principal investigator of a three-year research project titled “Building Inclusive Societies and a Global Europe Online: Political Information and Participation on Social Media in Comparative Perspective” ( that the Italian Ministry of Education has supported with 900,000 euros of funding. The project investigates the role of social media in citizens’ and politicians’ practices of political communication in Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom from 2013 until 2016. His latest book is Digital Politics in Western Democracies: A Comparative Study (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). He tweets as @25lettori.