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Erik Peterson

Erik Peterson

Ph.D. Graduate


Erik Peterson is a Ph.D. Candidate in Stanford's Department of Political Science studying American Politics and Political Methodology.

His dissertation examines the processes that shape the production of political news and the resulting effects of media coverage on public opinion. Using observational data from archival sources and large collections of news content, he demonstrates how media bias and reporting resources affect political news coverage. Using survey experiments, he studies the effects of partisan cues, issue frames and other political messages on public opinion.

His research has appeared in the American Political Science Review and Political Behavior. He has received research support from the National Science Foundation, Time Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences, the Stanford Center for Computational Social Science and the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.