Program on Democracy and the Internet

Social Media and Democracy: The State of the Field

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The goal of this volume is to provide a comprehensive set of literature reviews on the field of social media and democracy. Chapters will cover disinformation, polarization, hate speech, media transformation, election integrity, and legal regulation of internet platforms in the U.S. and abroad. The volume will be edited by Nate Persily, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, and Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics, an affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and an affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University.

Available through Cambridge University Press.


  • Andy Guess, Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
  • Pablo Barbera, Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science, London School of Economics
  • Alexandra Siegel, Postdoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Immigration Policy Lab and a Research Associate at  New York University’s Social Media and Political Participation Lab. 
  • Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Professor of Political Communication and Director of Research, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
  • Sam Woolley, Director of the Digital Intelligence Lab, Institute for the Future
  • Erika Franklin Fowler, Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University
  • Adam Berinsky, Mitsui Professor of Political Science at MIT
  • Chloe Wittenberg, PhD student, American Politics, MIT
  • Daphne Keller, Director of Intermediary Liability, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford University 
  • Robert Gorwa, PhD Student, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University 
  • Tim Hwang, Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative