Recent Bulletins

QSS students and faculty investigte the believability of fake news
Posted on: 10/24/2017

Three papers co-authored by QSS students and steering committee members investigate individuals' likelihood to be skeptical of false news. In thier paper "Media Source, Selective Exposure, and Susceptibility to False Information," Dartmouth students Katherine Clayton, Jase Davis, and Kristen Hinckley, with Professor Yusaku Horiuchi, investigate whether citizens' are more likely to believe false information based on the source of the news piece. In "Counting the Pinocchios: The Effect of Summary Fact-Checking Data on Perceived Accuracy and Favorability of Politicians," students Alexander Agadjanian, Nikita Bakhru, Victoria Chi, Devyn Greenberg, Byrne Hollander, Alexander Hurt, Joseph Kind, Ray Lu, Annie Ma, Daniel Pham, Michael Qian, Mackinley Tan, Clara Wang, Alexander  Wasdahl, and Alexandra Woodruff, with Professor Brendan Nyhan, study the effects of summary fact-checking (assessing the accuracy of politicians over time) on the favorability rating of those politicians. And in "Real Solutions for Fake News? Measuring the Effectiveness of General Warnings and Fact-Check Banners in Reducing Belief in False Stories on Social Media," Professor Nyhan worked with students Spencer Blair, Jonathan A. Busam, Katherine Clayton, Samuel Forstner, John Glance, Guy Green, Anna Kawata, Akhila Kovvuri, Jonathan Martin, Evan Morgan, Morgan Sandhu, Rachel Sang, Rachel Scholz-Bright, Austin T. Welch, Andrew G. Wolff, and Amanda Zhou explore the effectiveness of various strategies that could be used by social media platforms to counter fake news. Professors Nyan and Horiuchi also discussed these findings in an Upshot article, "Why the Fact-Checking at Facebook Needs to Be Checked" and a Monkey Cage article "Homegrown ‘fake news’ is a bigger problem than Russian propaganda. Here’s a way to make falsehoods more costly for politicians."

Dartmouth News Highlights QSS Program
Posted on: 10/24/2017

In a recent article, the Dartmouth News talks about the growing influence of data and the key role Quantitaive Social Science plays in understanding and interpreting the data in fields from politics to sports.

The D interviews QSS Director of Undergraduate Research
Posted on: 10/18/2017

QSS Director of Undergradate Sean Westwood talks about his interests and research in a Q&A with Grace Stillwell

QSS Faculty member is Dartmouth's "Quote of the Day"
Posted on: 10/09/2017

In Dartmouth's Vox Daily quote of the day for Monday October 9th, QSS Steering Committe member Brendan Nyhan asks "Can any democratic principle be called into question, or is there a bright line the public won't cross?" This quote is pulled from an October 5th article in Vox, "4 political scientists are tracking whether Trump is damaging American democracy"

Q&A with QSS Professor Yusaku Horiuchi
Posted on: 10/05/2017

QSS Steering Committee member Yusaku Horiuchi was interviewed by The D on his teaching, research, background and interests. Read the full article here.

QSS Faculty Show Knowledge of Puerto Ricans' Citizenship Status Effects Support for Aid
Posted on: 10/02/2017

In a recent article in The Upshot entitled Nearly Half of Americans Don’t Know Puerto Ricans Are Fellow Citizens, Dartmouth lecturer Kyle Dropp and QSS faculty member Brendan Nyhan show that many Americans are not aware of the fact that Puerto Ricans are American citizens. This knowledge effects whether or not individuals believe Puerto Rico should receive additional government aid in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

QSS Faculty publish findings on attitudes to refugees in Science Advances
Posted on: 09/06/2017

DJ Flynn, a postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Quantitative Social Science, and Yusaku Horiuchi, an affiliated faculty member in the program who teaches a popular data visualization course, have published a new article in Science Advances.  This article, which is co-authored with Jeremy Fewerda of the Department of Government, is an analysis of attitudes in the United States toward refugee resettlement. Ferwerda, Flynn, and Horiuchi show that Americans are less supportive of refugee resettlement locally than they are elsewhere in the United States.  This highlights how refugee resettlement is a collective action problem facing the country.  Ferwerda, Flynn, and Horiuchi also show that threatening media frames reduce support for refugee resettlement. In addition to the article in Science Advances, this research has also been covered in CITYLAB, (Even Liberals Can be Refugee NIMBYs) and in The Dartmouth News (Study Shows Support for Refugees Drops Off Closer to Home).

QSS Fellow published in Journal of Politics
Posted on: 08/31/2017

Erik Peterson, a postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Quantitative Social Science, has published an article in Journal of Politics on the role of information in partisan voting. Erik received his doctorate in political science from Stanford University in 2017 and started his fellowship at Dartmouth in August. Using a survey experiment and an observational study of voting in Congressional elections, Erik's article shows that more informative media environments reduce voters' reliance on partisanship to evaluate politicians. Erik's dissertation at Stanford was titled "Causes and Consequences of News Media Content." At Dartmouth, Erik will work on a project examining the political consequences of the widespread layoffs of newspaper journalists that have occurred over the past decade.

QSS Steering Committee Member Earns American Political Science Award
Posted on: 08/30/2017

QSS Steering Committee member Brendan Nyhan was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Emerging Scholar Award for 2017.  Professor Nyhan shared this honor with Peter K. Enns of Cornell University.  This award is presented annually to the top scholar in the field of elections and voting behavior who is within 10 years of her or his doctorate.  Professor Nyhan studies the relationship between misperceptions and behavior and how to correct incorrect information in ways that might produce different outcomes.  His work covers a wide range of topics, including conspiracy theories, public financing, media fact checking, the role of Congressional staff in policy making, campaign strategy, political persuasion, and social networks.  Professor Nyhan has published in top academic journals and writes for the New York Times Upshot blog.  Along with QSS Steering Committee member John Carey, Professor Nyhan is a cofounder of Bright Line Watch, a group of four political scientists who “monitor democratic practices and call attention to threats to American Democracy.”

QSS Director of Undergraduate Research is cited in a New York Times article.
Posted on: 06/19/2017

Sean Westwood, Director of Undergraduate Research in the Program in Quantitative Social Science and Assistant Professor of Government, studies political behavior and representation.  His research was recently discussed in the New York Times (see here) in a column exploring the sources of partisan division in the United States.  Professor Westwood, whose research has been referenced in The New York Times on multiple occasions, is currently working on several experiments exploring the effects of probabilisitic election forecasts on voter turnout.   He is also documenting changes in the post-Trump era in tolerance for partisan-based discrimination.

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