I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I study how media affect their users in this increasingly fragmented, ever more customizable, and socially connected media environment where people can generate their own content and share their views. I am particularly interested in how people select political information according to own interest, how people express their own opinion on conflicting political issues, and how these media behaviors are related to political polarization in society.
I use various statistical and computational methods to understand social media users’ political interests and issue positions. I am leading the Computational Laboratory for Online and Ubiquitous Data (CLOUD) at Illinois.
I founded and lead the Computational Social Science Research Group and took a student leadership role in Social Media and Democracy Research Group at the UW-Madison.