I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth’s Program in Quantitative Social Science. I received my PhD in Political Science from Stanford University in 2017. In July 2018 I will begin as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M.

As a political communication scholar, I seek to understand the political consequences of the public’s interactions with the media environment.

My research examines the capacity of media outlets to provide political news, the choices individuals make to consume (or avoid) political information and the effects of exposure to political messages on public opinion.

I study these topics using a variety of data sources including digitized media directories, survey-linked web browsing data and survey experiments.

My research has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, theĀ Journal of Politics, theĀ Journal of Experimental Political Science, Political Behavior and American Politics Research. I have received research support from the National Science Foundation, Time Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences, the Stanford Center for Computational Social Science, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the Stanford Laboratory for the Study of American Values.

I can be reached at erik.j.peterson@dartmouth.edu