Molly Offer-Westort

Prize will support experiments and tools to study online political discourse and misinformation

How does political information (and misinformation) spread via social media? How do the conversations happening online inform our attitudes and positions on political issues?

Asst. Prof. Molly Offer-Westort designs experiments to answer these very questions. As a 2024 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, the University of Chicago political scientist and statistician will continue to develop methodologies and tools that help us understand the online spaces and behaviors that shape our political reality. 

The fellowship comes with a $200,000 prize to support research that “seeks to understand how and why our society has become so polarized and how we can strengthen the forces of cohesion to fortify our democracy.” 

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This article originally appeared in UChicago News.