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Joshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics, an affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and an affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University. He is the Director of NYU’s Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia. He is one of the co-founders and co-Directors of the NYU Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) laboratory, and the Director of SMaPP-Global, an international collection of scholars working on the study of social media and politics funded by the NYU Global Institute of Advanced Study.
Professor Tucker specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on mass political behavior in East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, including elections and voting, the development of partisan attachment, public opinion formation, and mass protest, as well as the use of social media in facilitating all forms of political participation. He is the author of Regional Economic Voting: Russia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, 1990-99 (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and co-author of the forthcoming Communism’s Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes (Princeton University Press, 2017). His work has appeared in numerous academic journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Electoral Studies, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, Political Science and Research Methods, PLOS One, Psychological Science, Social Media and Society, and the Annual Review of Political Science.
Through his work at the NYU Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) lab, Professor Tucker has been at the forefront of efforts to explore the effects of social media on political participation and politics, as well as developing methods for utilizing social media data to study politics in new ways. Among other topics examined in SMaPP lab publications and working papers are assessments of the degree of political polarization in online discourse in the United States, the use of social media in the Gezi Park protests in Turkey and the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine, the extent to which violent events in the Middle East impact the use of anti-Shia language on Twitter, strategies for responding to online opposition and digital forensic tools for identifying “bots”, the impact of network structure on participation in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo rally in Paris, France, and the effect of social media exposure on political knowledge (or the lack thereof) during the 2015 British parliamentary election campaign. The SMaPP lab has also created original python code (SMaPP Toolkit and SMaPPpy), which are both available on the Github and through the SMaPP webpage.
In 2006, Professor Tucker was awarded the Emerging Scholar Award for the top scholar in the field of Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior within 10 years of the doctorate. In 2012 he was part of an interdisciplinary four-person team of NYU faculty to win one the National Science Foundation’s inaugural INSPIRE- CREATIV grants. In the past 5 years, he has been part of teams awarded over $2 million in grant funding.
Professor Tucker serves on the Editorial Board of multiple academic journals, as well the Advisory Board of the American National Election Study, and was a founding co-editor of the Journal of Experimental Political Science. He has served as a Visiting Professor at the Juan March Institute in Madrid, Spain and Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy. An internationally recognized scholar, he has served as keynote speaker for conferences in Sweden, Denmark, and Italy, and given over 100 invited research presentations at top universities and research centers in the United States and Europe over the past 10 years.
Professor Tucker is also one of the co-authors of The Monkey Cage, a political science and policy blog published at The Washington Post. The goal of the blog is to share what political science research has to offer for our understanding of important political developments and policy debates. The Monkey Cage was awarded the 2010 Blog of the Year award by The Week Magazine, becoming the first academic blog to receive this honor. In addition, Time Magazine named The Monkey Cage a Top 25 Blog of 2012, and the blog also received the Online Achievement in International Studies “Best Group Blog” award in 2015 and 2016. His opinions have been published in the International Herald Tribune, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and Al Jazeera English; he has appeared on the PBS Newshour, CNN International, Deutche Welle, Polskie Radio, Voice of America, and Sky News; and he has been quoted in articles in the New York Times, the Financial Times, Wired, and the CBC.