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Kevin Munger

Twitter: @kmmunger

Github: kmunger

Email: km2713@nyu.edu

Present Address

19 West 4th Street, Dept of Politics

New York, NY, 10012


I am a 5th year PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics at NYU and a member of the Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) lab. My research analyses the way that elite political communication and mass political behavior has been affected by changes in the American media environment.

An urgent example of these changes is the problem of online harassment, especially of vulnerable minorities. In Tweetment Effects on the Tweeted (published in Political Behavior), I used bots to test experimental interventions designed to sanction Twitter users engaged in racist harassment. I found that sanctioning can have a substantial, durable effect in reducing racist harassment--but that this sanctioning is most effective when the sanctioner and subject share a relevent social identity. I believe that online behavioral experiments represent an important innovation, allowing researchers to conduct controlled experiments on difficult-to-reach populations at scale and with high levels of ecological validity. I conducted an experiment during the 2016 US Presidential election designed to decrease high-profile poltical incivility, and another (with Jorge Gallego, Juan D. Martinez and Mateo Vasquez) aimed at informing politically interested citizens during the 2016 Colombian Peace Plebiscite.

The modern media technology environment has also changed elite political communication. Using an innovative design that matches panel surveys with objective measures of respondents' social media diets, I find (with Patrick Egan, Jonathan Nagler, Jonathan Ronen and Joshua Tucker) that information from traditional media sources does in fact increase factual political knowledge while information from parties increases knowledge of those parties' platforms. Elite communication on social media takes a slightly different form in non-democratic contexts; in research with the SMaPP lab (conditionally accepted at Political Science Research & Methods), I find that the Venezuelan regime strategically distracted their followers from large-scale protests.


Tweetment Effects on the Tweeted: An Experiment to Decrease Online Harassment. Political Behavior, 2016

Replication Materials Presentation Slides Yale

The Dumbing Down of the State of the Union? Trends in the Complexity of Political Communication (with Arthur Spirling and Ken Benoit, prepared for Anxieties of Democracy volume edited by Nolan McCarty and Frances Lee)

Presentation Slides Princeton

Choosing in Groups: Analytical Politics Revisited (with Michael C. Munger). Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Working Papers

Elites Tweet to Get Feet Off the Streets: Measuring Regime Response to Protest Using Social Media (with Richard Bonneau, Jonathan Nagler and Joshua Tucker) (Conditionally Accepted at Political Science Research and Methods)

Presentation Slides U Rosario (Colombia)

Political Knowledge and Misinformation in the Era of Social Media: Evidence from the 2015 U.K. Election (with Patrick Egan, Jonathan Nagler, Jonathan Ronen and Joshua Tucker)

Presentation Slides SPSA

Don’t @ Me: Experimentally Reducing Partisan Incivility on Twitter

Presentation Slides Kings College London

The Economics of Online News Media

Measuring and Explaining Political Sophistication Through Textual Complexity (with Arthur Spirling and Ken Benoit)

Presentation Slides Text-As-Data

Tweeting for Peace: Experimental Evidence from the 2016 Colombian Plebiscite (con Jorge Gallego, Juan D. Martinez y Mateo Vasquez)

Selected Media Coverage

Bots aren’t just service tools—they’re a whole new form of media Quartz, April 2017

Twitter bots can fight racism — if they’re white and popular Vice News, December 2016

Telling People to Be Less Racist Online Works, Sometimes New York Magazine, November 2016

Twitterのボットを活用することで人種差別発言を抑制させる効果があることが判明 Gigazine, November 2016

Why Online Allies Matter in Fighting Harassment The Atlantic, November 2016

Stop Playing Defense on Hate Crimes Time, November 2016

Troll hunters: the Twitterbots that fight against online abuse New Scientist, August 2016

Popular Press

Are presidential writings getting dumber? We checked — and were surprised. The Washington Post, April 2017

This researcher programmed bots to fight racism on Twitter. It worked. The Washington Post, November 2016

Social media, #Immigration, and political knowledge in #Ukelection2015 The Washington Post, May 2015

Why Tyrants and Despots Love Social Media Newsweek, July 2015

Pop Culture Data Journalism

Who is the meanest Pitchforker? My Website

What is your Favorite Musician's Favorite Instagram Filter? (Beyonce's is Valencia, by they way) Vice: Noisey, March 2015

How Based is your Favorite Musician's Twitter Account? Vice: Noisey, February 2015