Dr Patrícia Rossini is a Derby Fellow in the Department of Communication and Media. Prior to joining the University of Liverpool, Dr. Rossini was a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University (USA). She has a Ph.D. in Communications from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Broadly speaking, her research is concentrated on the impact of social media in politics and democracy. Specifically, Patrícia studies informal political talk online, with an emphasis on incivility and intolerance, and provides a conceptual framework to identify the extent to which these behaviors are democratically harmful. She is also interested in computational social sciences and is currently working on developing algorithms to measure strategic communication and political discussion online. Other research interests include political campaigns online, political deliberation, and political participation.
Patrícia is currently (co-) principal investigator in three externally funded projects. She is the lead investigator on a project to study the use of private messaging apps and social media as sources for political (mis)information in Brazil, funded by WhatsApp. She is co-lead investigator on a project funded by Twitter to investigate conversational dynamics around polarization, incivility, and intolerance in discussions around contentious and non-contentious topics, and also co-lead investigator of a comparative research project funded by Facebook to study visual misinformation on social media and mobile messaging apps in eight countries across five continents.
Her work has been published by Social Media+Society, the International Journal of Communication, the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, and the Journal of Public Deliberation. She has also published research reports on The Conversation and the Columbia Journalism Review and authored several book chapters.
Patrícia is interested in supervising research on online political talk, online incivility and intolerance, content moderation, digital campaigning, misinformation and political participation.