Project Assistant for the Civic Culture and Contentious Politics research group in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Summer 2017 to present. The research project, “Communication Ecologies, Political Contention, and Democratic Crisis”
investigates the communication landscape of the state of Wisconsin and the role that it may have had in influencing the political ecology of the state. The research team was recently awarded a $411,000 UW 2020 grant plus over $250,000 in external grant funding to continue the work. PIs: Kathy Cramer, Lew Friedland, Dhavan Shah, Mike Wagner, Chris Wells, Bill Sethares and Karl Rohe. I have primarily focused on collecting media archives, undertaking qualitative coding of talk radio data and quantitative analysis of media data using natural language processing software (Wordstat, LIWC, Leximancer, Diction).
Project Assistant, “Project DATA: Digital Ad Tracking and Analysis” Fall 2015 - Fall 2016.
Project DATA is an investigation of the practice of microtargeting by political parties. It was funded by the Vice-Chancellor’s office for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a partnership with Princeton University and non-profit organizations. PI: Young Mie Kim. The project collected browsing data and survey information from volunteers. I set up data collection during the 2016 primary period which served as a pilot before the General Election. I helped developed the survey questionnaire, worked with programmers to develop the browser extension which collected the data. I developed the codebook for the ad categorization and undertook extensive data analysis. More information on the project is available at: www.eyeonelections.com,