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Jennifer Cryer

Jennifer Cryer

Ph.D. Candidate

About

Jennifer Cryer is a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) at Stanford University, in the Department of Political Science. She is also a 2015 National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellow; a Stanford University E.D.G.E. Doctoral Fellow and D.A.R.E. Doctoral Fellow under the Vice Provost for Graduate Education. Her primary field of study is American politics, and she specializes, broadly, in political communication, political behavior, political geography, and computational social science. Some of her work focuses on race/ethnicity; the perception, and communication strategies, of minority candidates; and the behavior of minority voters. This scholarship has been presented at APSA, MPSA, New Faces in Political Methodology, and the Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium, among others. 

In her dissertation project—funded by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics—she draws upon text-as-data to assess candidate communication. Jennifer analyzes variation in messages by race and gender on over 6,000 campaign websites from 2008-2016 using a Structural Topic Model and split-sample design. Findings show that underrepresented candidates’ websites are associated with more messages regarding competency, work-ethic, and qualifications. In addition, her work also examines whether constituent demographics affect campaign communication. Overall, her dissertation incorporates analysis of many variants of campaign communication, using computational methods to identify them, and experimental designs to measure the effects of each message.