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 four 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 misinformation, funded by WhatsApp. She is co-lead investigator on a project funded by Twitter to investigate conversational dynamics and develop metrics to detect polarization, incivility, and intolerance in discussions around contentious and non-contentious topics, co-lead investigator of a comparative research project funded by Facebook to study visual misinformation on social media in eight countries across five continents, and co-lead investigator in a project analyzing political advertising on Facebook in the 2020 elections in the United States, supported by the Knight Foundation.
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.