CSMaP Second Annual Conference

April 22, 2021

We convened 50 leading scholars for a two-day virtual conference to present research on a range of topics at the intersection of social media and politics, with particular focus paid to the relationship between social media and polarization.

*Presented virtually on Zoom due to coronavirus health precautions

All times listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST)


Thursday, April 22

  • Introduction

    12:00 – 12:15 pm

    Richard Bonneau
    NYU's Center for Social Media and Politics

  • 12:15 – 12:45 pm

    Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing
    — Christopher Bail, Duke University

  • Political Experiences on Social Media

    12:45 – 1:30 pm

    Outside the Bubble: Social Media and Political Participation in
    Western Democracies
    — Cristian Vaccari, Loughborough University

    When Republicans See Red but Liberals Feel Blue: Why Labeler
    Characteristics Matter for Image Analysis
    Nora Webb Williams, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Tweetkeeping: Why Politically-interested Iranian Accounts Get
    Suspended on Twitter
    Andreu Casas, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Partisan Cues and Social Life

    1:30 – 2:00 pm

    Shared Partisanship Dramatically Increases Social Tie Formation in a Twitter Field Experiment
    Dean Eckles, MIT

    Echo Chambers: Does Online Network Structure Affect Political Polarization?
    — Maria Petrova, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

  • 2:00 – 2:30 pm

    New Take on Echo Chambers, New Evidence on Media Bubbles
    — Magadalena Wojcieszak, University of California, Davis

  • 2:30 – 3:00 pm

    Coffee Break

  • Political Communications on Social Media

    3:00 - 3:30 pm

    News and Partisanship on Social Media
    — Talia Stroud, University of Texas at Austin

    Legislative Communications and Power: Measuring Leadership from Social Media Data
    — Michael Alvarez, Caltech

  • 3:30 - 4:00 pm

    Online Sentiment Toward the Chinese Government during the Emergence of COVID-19
    — Jennifer Pan, Stanford University

  • Partisan Cues and Polarization

    4:00 - 4:45 pm

    How YouTube’s Recommendation
    Algorithm Pushes Real People Content
    — Megan Brown, NYU

    Social Media, Contact and Conflict: Evidence from a Field
    Experiment in Cyprus
    — Nejla Ašimović, NYU

  • Re-Examining Attitude Change in Digital Life

    4:45 - 5:15 pm

    Desegregating Digital Spaces: A Facebook Field Experiment in Jerusalem
    — Alexandra Siegel, University of Colorado at Boulder

    Partisan Motivated Reasoning in a Pandemic
    — James Bisbee, NYU

Friday, April 23

  • 12:00 - 12:30 pm

    Exposure to Alternative and Extremist Content on YouTube
    — Brendan Nyhan, Dartmouth College

  • Harmful Content & Its Correction

    12:30 - 1:30 pm

    Endorsement of Correction on Social Media
    — Leticia Bode, Georgetown University

    A Large-Scale Comparison of Political News Sharing on Facebook and Twitter
    — Nicholas Beauchamp, Northeastern University

    Measuring Belief in Fake News in Real Time
    — Kevin Aslett, NYU

    How Data, Knowledge, and Expertise Mobilize in Online Media during the COVID-19 Crisis
    — Emma Spiro, University of Washington

  • 1:30 - 2:00 pm

    YouTube Recommendations and Effects on Sharing Across Online Social Platforms
    — Cody Buntain, New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • Articulating the Research Terrain

    2:30 - 2:30 pm

    Investigating the Iranian Twittersphere
    — Steven Wilson, Brandeis University

    Towards Quantitative Description
    — Kevin Munger, Pennsylvania State University

  • 2:30 - 3:00 pm

    Coffee break

  • 3:00 - 3:30 pm

    US 2020 and 2016 Election: Media, Social Media, and Political Attitudes
    — Jonathan Nagler, NYU

  • Network Effects

    3:30 - 4:15 pm

    Scale, Growth, and Origins of Echo Chambers: YouTube, Online, and Television
    — David Rothschild, Microsoft Research

    The Effects of the Capitol Insurrection on Political Identity
    — Gregory Eady, University of Copenhagen

    Four Reasons Why Social Media Make Us Vulnerable to Manipulation
    — Filippo Menczer, Indiana University

  • 4:15 - 4:45 pm

    How Social Influence Shapes Online Political Expression
    — Andrew Guess, Princeton University

  • The State of Social Media Data

    4:45 - 5:15 pm

    Nathaniel Persily, Stanford Law School

    Rebekah Tromble, The George Washington University

    Joshua Tucker, NYU