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Erik Peterson

Research Program Organizer for Political Behavior and Political Institutions
Assistant Professor
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Erik Peterson received his PhD in Political Science from Stanford University in 2017.

As a political communication scholar, he seeks to understand the political consequences of the public’s interactions with the media environment.

His research examines the capacity of media outlets to provide political news, the choices individuals make to consume (or avoid) political information and the effects of exposure to political messages on public opinion.

He studies these topics using a variety of data sources including digitized media directories, survey-linked web browsing data and survey experiments.

His research has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Experimental Political SciencePolitical Behavior and American Politics Research. Erik has received research support from the National Science Foundation, Time Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences, the Stanford Center for Computational Social Science, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the Stanford Laboratory for the Study of American Values.