Kate Starbird

Summer 2021

Misinformation and the 2020 U.S. Election

This directed research group will study misinformation about the 2020 U.S. election that spread online in Fall 2020. Students will work in a small team to qualitatively code and quantitatively analyze public data collected from Twitter, Google, and other platforms. We are looking for students with a range of skills, but most important is a willingness to engage closely with the data (i.e. read and categorize a large number of social media posts). Students with an interest in journalism, political science, policy, and the design of social media platforms are all encouraged to apply. Students with additional skills in programming (Python, databases) and creating visualizations will find some opportunity to advance those skills when we move into our second round of analysis — after our qualitative coding is complete.

To apply, please send an email (to Kate Starbird, with a current resume and a short statement about why you want to be involved and what you hope to contribute to the project. Students are permitted to register for 3 or 4 credits, depending on whether they would like to commit to 9 hours (3 credits) or 12 hours (4 credits) a week. 

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