Robert Vidigal is a Research Data Scientist at NYU's Center for Social Media and Politics and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University. He works on the CSMaP independent panel project, which monitors discussion of political topics, media consumption, and the spread of disinformation, in both English and Spanish, in the lead up to the 2022 U.S. elections.
His dissertation investigates how different psychological motivations interact with the information environment to produce opinion change in democratic societies. Robert also teach courses on Public Opinion and Ideology, Comparative Politics, and Research Methods. In addition, he has several research projects that investigate the ideological roots of political conflict in Brazil for explanations of core beliefs and voting behavior in the country.