Political Communication, Discussion & Digital Media
In general terms, Patricia's research examines how digital platforms enable or constrain certain democratic practices -- e.g. political talk --, as well as the extent to which potentially problematic online behaviors -- e.g. seeing, sharing misinformation -- can have detrimental outcomes for democratic societies. Her current work is primarily focused on informal political talk in digital platforms, with emphasis on antinormative or abusive discourse practices (e.g. incivility, intolerance, hateful speech). She is also interested in understanding how different social platforms shape political discussion online and may enable multiple forms of political participation — including engagement with democratically detrimental content, such as misinformation.
Digital Campaigns and Political Communication
Dr. Rossini is also a collaborator in the Illuminating Project (http://illuminating.ischool.syr.edu), hosted by the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and led by Professor Jennifer Stromer-Galley. The project uses computational methods to investigate the use of social media by political campaigns for strategic communication in the United States at scale, focusing on presidential (2016, 2020), gubernatorial (2014, 2018) and congressional races (2018). In this project, Dr. Rossini leads the efforts around public discussion about the candidates on social media, including the development of algorithms to detect uncivil and intolerant discourse.
Funded Research Projects
Devising Metrics for Assessing Echo Chambers, Incivility, and Intolerance. Principal Investigator: Rebekah Tromble (Leiden University). Co-Principal Investigators: Patricia Rossini, Dirk Hovy (Bocconi University, Italy), Nava Tintarev (Delft University of Technology), Michael Meffert (Leiden University), Jennifer Stromer-Galley (Syracuse University). May 2019 – May 2021.
WhatsApp as a source of political participation and (mis)information in Brazil. Principal Investigator: P. Rossini. Co-Principal Investigators: Vanessa Veiga, Erica Baptista (Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), Jennifer Stromer-Galley (Syracuse University, USA). January 2019 ~ ongoing. Funder: WhatsApp Inc.
Visual Misinformation in Global Perspective: Platforms, Devices, and Users. Principal Investigator: Cristian Vaccari (Loughborough University). Co-Principal Investigators: Patricia Rossini (University of Liverpool, UK), Michael Chan (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Shira Dvir-Gvirsman (Tel Aviv University, Israel), Iginio Gagliardone (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), Raquel Recuero (Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil), Nicole Stremlau (University of Johannesburg, South Africa and University of Oxford, UK). Funder: Facebook
Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Jeff Hemsley
Project: Illuminating Project
External: Syracuse University
Illuminating is a data-journalism project that focuses on developing algorithms to measure political discourse online.