Americans are divided on the question as to how politically divided Americans are. With a highly unorthodox presidential campaign just behind us (and an especially unorthodox Republican president), the nature of American public opinion, its future course, and its past origin are more fascinating than ever. 

My research aims to throw as much data as possible at this Big Question. In 2013, I joined Shanto Iyengar's Political Communication Lab (PCL) at Stanford University as the David Casper Stanford Graduate Fellow. Ever since, my research has touched upon partisan differences in domains as varied as digital campaign strategies, marriages, and effectiveness of large scale TV advertising campaigns. My methodological approach lies in leveraging large-scale data collected via everything digital - ranging from the web to cell phones to the Xbox gaming system to Facebook posts. While issues of non-responsiveness can be overcome with burgeoning statistical analytics, this unorthodox kind of data allows for assessing public opinion with unprecedented granularity, both demographic and geographic. I have explored this approach in my research at Stanford University and Microsoft Research academically, and for Facebook Research from the vantage point of the private sector. 

In addition, together with David Rothschild, I have been running PredictWise polling, gathering a large array of public opinion data via our novel, mobile-based polling infrastructure (see for example here and here). My non-academic experience includes consulting for HealthOutcome, and Facebook Research.

Together with my close collaborators David Rothschild (Microsoft Research) and Sam Corbett-Davies (Stanford Computer Science), I am a regular contributor at the Washington Post's Monkey Cage, BuzzFeed, and Slate

Before I came to Stanford, I received my MA in political science from Duke University, and worked in Berlin for a liberal think tank affiliated with the Social Democratic Party, where I published on the transformation of the political arena through the Internet and American politics



Contact Information:
Tobias Konitzer
Gerhard Casper Stanford Graduate Fellow
Office: 402 McClatchy Hall
Department of Communication
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 919-699-9569