Kevin Aslett is a Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU’s Center for Social Media and Politics. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington (UW) and is a Fellow for the Political Economy Forum at UW. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Policy Studies Journal and Europe-Asia Studies and in popular outlets such as The Washington Post.
Aslett’s research broadly focuses on the effect of technological change and supranational institutions on threats to liberal democracy (specifically fake news/misinformation, populism, and patronage). Additionally, he works to remove obstacles to extracting information from enormous collections of electronic text and images that users encounter online. To do this, he wrote applications of machine learning that unlock big and complex data, so that others can effectively research the effect of social media on political preferences and opinions.