People ImageHere's the Social Science One commission structure. Like editors-in-chief at scholarly journals, ultimate responsibility for Social Science One decisions falls to the co-chairs, Gary King and Nathaniel Persily, with input from commission members acting like an editorial board. The Peer Review process is chaired by SSRC President Alondra Nelson, who is not a member of Social Science One or its commission. King, Persily, and Nelson work together as a steering committee to coordinate the activities of all the organizations involved in this project.


Commission members provide advice as issues arise in their areas of expertise, and as sounding boards for ideas and communications; those needing access to private Facebook information sign confidentiality agreements. Commission members help Social Science One stay in contact with their academic communities by soliciting and listening for suggestions and ideas, and helping get the word out about Social Science One activities. They may also participate in the SSRC-administered peer review process in review cycles in which they are not applicants. Those who do not sign confidentiality agreements may apply for grants as part of commission activities, as our peer review process includes procedures to manage conflicts of interest. (There may be changes to this list as we continue to evolve.)

Social Science One

Co-Chairs, Social Science One

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Gary King

Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor, and Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, at Harvard University

Methodology Committees

Research Design Committee

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Nolan McCarty

Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
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Lynn Vavreck

Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics and Public Policy at UCLA

Privacy and Security Committee

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Cynthia Dwork

Chair, Privacy and Security Committee
Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
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Salil Vadhan

Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University

Technical Advisor

Substantive Committees

Disinformation And Election Integrity Committee

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Joshua Tucker

Chair, Disinformation Committee
Professor of Politics at New York University
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Andy Guess

Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University
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David Lazer

Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University
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Alice Marwick

Assistant Professor of Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Jennifer Pan

Assistant Professor of Communication at Stanford University
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Emily Thorson

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University
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Cristian Vaccari

Reader in Political Communication at the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough University

Polarization Committee

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Shanto Iyengar

Chair, Polarization Committee
Professor of Political Science at Stanford University
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Leonie Huddy

Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University
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Samara Klar

Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona’s School of Government and Public Policy
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Neil Malhotra

Edith M. Cornell Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
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Lilliana Mason

Assistant Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park
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Jaime Settle

Associate Professor in the Government Department at the College of William & Mary
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Stefaan Walgrave

Professor of Political Science at the University of Antwerp (Belgium)
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Sean Westwood

Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College

Political Advertising Committee

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Erika Franklin Fowler

Chair, Political Advertising Advisory Committee
Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University
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Michael Franz

Professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College
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Eitan Hersh

Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University
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Young Mie Kim

Professor of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Gregory Martin

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emory University
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Alessandro Nai

Assistant Professor of Political Communication and Journalism at the Department of Communication Science, University of Amsterdam
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Tamara Small

Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Guelph

Civic Engagement Committee

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Alan Gerber

Chair, Civic Engagement Committee
Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Political Science
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Deen Freelon

Associate Professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Rachel Gibson

Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester
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Helen Margetts

Professor of Society and the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
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Jesse Shapiro

George S. and Nancy B. Parker Professor of Economics at Brown University
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Daron Shaw

Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Chair of State Politics at University of Texas at Austin

Regional Advisory Committees

Africa Committee

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Chipo Dendere

Chair, Africa Committee
Consortium for Diversity Fellow and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Amherst College
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Tanja Bosch

Associate Professor in Media Studies and Production at the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town
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Innocent Chiluwa

Professor in Language (discourse analysis) and Media/Digital Communications in the Department of Languages & General Studies, Covenant University, OTA, (Nigeria)
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Bontle Masilo

Lecturer at the University of Botswana, Department of Political and Administrative Studies
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Abraham Mulwo

Head of the Department of Communication Studies at Moi University, Kenya
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Robert Muthuri

Senior Research Fellow at The Centre for IP and IT (CIPIT) - Strathmore Law School, Kenya
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Daniel Opolot

Postdoctoral fellow at the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management, University of Cape Town
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Ada Peter

Professor of Mass Communication, Covenant University, Nigeria

Asia Committee

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Ming-Jen Lin

Chair, Asia Committee
Professor of Economics, National Taiwan University
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Payal Arora

Associate Professor, Department of Media & Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam
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Chun-Fang Chiang

Associate Professor of Economics in National Taiwan University
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Francis Lee

Director and Professor at the School of the Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Ming Lien

Professor in the Department of Public Finance, National Chen-Chi University
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Sora Park

Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Canberra
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Dongyoung Sohn

Professor of Communication at Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea
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Hiroki Takakawa

Assistant Professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University, Japan

Europe Committee

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Claes Holger de Vreese

Chair, Europe Committee
Professor and Chair of Political Communication in The Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam
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Marco Bastos

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at City, University of London
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Frank Esser

Professor of International & Comparative Media Research at the University of Zurich
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Sophie Lecheler

Professor of Political Communication at the University of Vienna, Austria
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Barbara Pfetsch

Professor of Communication Theory and Media Effects Research at the Department of Media and Communication at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
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Cornelius Puschmann

Senior Researcher at the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research in Hamburg
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Rebekah Tromble

Assistant Professor in the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands

Latin America Committee

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Sebastián Valenzuela

Chair, Latin America Committee
Associate Professor in the School of Communications at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
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Rosario Aguilar

Associate Professor of Political Science at CIDE in Mexico City
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Teresa Correa

Associate Professor in the College of Communication and Literature at Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
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Daniel Halpern

Associate Professor in the School of Communications at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
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Noam Lupu

Associate Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University
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Carlos Muñiz

Professor in the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico
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Hernando Rojas

Helen Firstbrook Franklin Professor of Journalism in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Marco Ruediger

Director of the Department of Public Policy Analysis at Fundação Getulio Vargas
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Magdalena Saldaña

Assistant Professor in the School of Communications at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
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Ignacio Siles

Professor in the School of Communication at Universidad de Costa Rica

North America Committee

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Natalie Stroud

Chair, North America Committee
Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Journalism at the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin
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Matthew Baum

Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications, and Professor of Public Policy, at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Kelly Garrett

Associate Professor in the School of Communication at the Ohio State University
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Daniel Ho

William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law at Stanford University
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Diana Mutz

Diana C. Mutz is Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Poltiical Science and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania