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Email: kmunger@princeton.edu

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I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Princeton Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, and will begin as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Penn State University in the fall of 2019.


I have taught several semesters of Introduction to Data Science, using both R and Python, as well a course on Text as Data. Course materials are located on my github, and are free for anyone to use, either for teaching or learning.

Slides and RMarkdown files for a summer Intro to Data Science course I taught at Universidad de Rosario

Jupyter notebooks for Intro to Data Science

R code for Text as Data


"Tweetment Effects on the Tweeted: An Experiment to Decrease Online Harassment". Political Behavior, 2017, Volume 39, Issue 3. APSA EPVOB award for Best Paper published in Political Behavior in 2017

Replication Materials Slides (presented at Yale Human Nature Lab)

"Elites Tweet to Get Feet Off the Streets: Measuring Regime Response to Protest Using Social Media" (with Richard Bonneau, Jonathan Nagler and Joshua Tucker). Political Science Research & Methods 1-20.

Replication Materials Slides (invited talk, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia)

"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)

Replication Materials Slides (presented at Princeton Anxieties of Democracy Conference)

"Measuring and Explaining Political Sophistication Through Textual Complexity" (with Arthur Spirling and Ken Benoit) (Conditionally Accepted, American Journal of Political Science)

Replication Materials Slides (presented at Advances in Text-As-Data) 'sophistication' R package

"How Accurate Are Survey Responses on Social Media and Politics?" (with Andrew Guess, Jonathan Nagler and Joshua Tucker) (Forthcoming, Political Communication)

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

Working Papers

"Experimentally Reducing Partisan Incivility on Twitter"

Slides (presented at Twitter, San Francisco) Poster (presented at PolMeth 2017)

"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) (Revise and Resubmit, American Political Science Review)

Slides (presented at SPSA)

"The Effect of Clickbait" (with Jonathan Nagler, Joshua Tucker and Mario Luca)

"Everyone On Mechanical Turk is Above a Threshold of Digital Literacy: Sampling Strategies for Studying Digital Media Effects" (with Jonathan Nagler, Joshua Tucker and Mario Luca)

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

Selected Media Coverage

How Norms ChangeThe New Yorker, October 2017

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

Racist tweeters can be convinced to stop spreading hate—if a white man asks them to Quartz, November 2016

Twitter bots can reduce racist slurs—if people think the bots are white Ars Technica, 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

How Everything on the Internet Became ClickbaitThe Outline, May 2018

Old people can’t open new tabs and it’s fueling our descent into hellThe Outline, May 2018

The Widest Generation Gap in History is Between Baby Boomers and MillennialsThe Outline, March 2018

Influence? In this economy? The Outline, Feb 2018

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