This project investigates contemporary trends in political communication, political polarization, artificial intelligence, and data diversity in the United States.


This grant will allow for a dedicated US Election Observatory to track political polarization through the use of algorithms, automation, and junk news. We will develop (1) an investigative program into computational propaganda and political communication during critical moments—such as elections, security crises, and polarizing debates—in the US, and (2) a policy program to increase our ability to assist policy makers, journalists, and the interested public in understanding how new information technologies impact public life. This support will deepen our research capacity, provide the flexibility to investigate changing technologies, and sustain relationships with the US institutions and organizations that depend on us for insight.