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Jan Zilinsky

Postdoctoral Fellow

TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology

Research Associate

Center for Social Media and Politics (NYU)

Does technology disrupt democratic politics or does it merely render inequalities, intolerance and government incompetence visible? I am a computational social scientist and I study the effects of new tech on politics and society.

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Photo: Last day of teaching a seminar on behavioral economics and political campaigns

Contact: jan.zilinsky@tum.de

Curriculum Vitae

Google Scholar

About Me

Research

I develop methods and instruments for measuring what I consider to be important aspects of contemporary politics: economic populism, grievances, anti-tech sentiment, ideological arguments, and conspiracy theorizing. My work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Nature Communications, Political Analysis, Political Behavior, and other peer-reviewed journals.

Technology & Politics

  • (Theme 1: Content moderation) Platforms balance their wishes to respect users' free speech sensibilities with protecting people from online abuse. How can they deal with "lawful but awful" content, given that toxicity is often in the eye of the beholder? We measure preferences for content moderation and consider how governance of platforms can be improved.

  • (Theme 2: Attitudes about AI) Which citizens are deeply skeptical of modern technology, and what are the downstream consequences of anti-tech attitudes? Thomas Zeitzoff and I are currently working on these questions.

Political communication and digital media: My research has dealt with issues including foreign influence operations targeting US elections, the supply of political messages by celebrities, the filter bubble hypothesis, and disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

Public opinion and political behavior: Are (especially young) citizens disillusioned with democracy? What are economic identities? What is the relative importance of identities, policy issues, and partisanship when people vote? Do heavy users of social media believe more conspiracy theories?

Methods: To what extent is economic sentiment influenced by motivated reasoning? With James Bisbee, we identified several considerations for measuring the component of (subjective) economic evaluations which is driven by objective economic conditions.

Reseach

Papers

Teaching

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Selected (non-peer-reviewed) articles

Recent talks

Miami, Zurich, Florence, Abu Dhabi & Munich

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photos of three public talks
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