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Erik Peterson

Erik Peterson

Ph.D. Graduate


Erik Peterson is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth’s Program in Quantitative Social Science. He received his PhD in Political Science from Stanford University in 2017.

Erik’s research examines the political consequences of the public’s interactions with the media environment. This work explores 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. Erik 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 in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, American Politics Research and the Journal of Experimental Political Science. He 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.