MillerComm Lecture Series

Framing the Global Immigrant Challenge: Evidence from Tweets Sent by Elected Representatives

Thursday, October 17th, 2019
David D. Laitin

Auditorium, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
1205 W. Clark Street, Urbana

Event Description

Professor Laitin’s presentation applies text analysis and machine learning tools to an analysis of social media, to determine where migration issues are most salient, whether the messages focus on economic challenges or legal rights, and whether sentiments change with significant events, such as terrorist attacks or mass deaths of drowned asylum seekers. By analyzing the data from millions of tweets sent by elected representatives on issues relating to immigration and refugees, Professor Laitin aims to define a measurable pulse of how elites across the globe represent the immigration issue to their constituents.

Hosted by: Center for Global Studies

In conjunction with: Department of Anthropology, Center for African Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Cline Center for Democracy, Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy, College of Education, Department of Linguistics, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Department of Statistics, European Union Center, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, International Area Studies Library, Lemann Center, National Center for Supercomputing Applications

David D. Laitin

James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science
Stanford University