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Drew Margolin

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

Computational social science, social networks, and text mining


Drew Margolin is an assistant professor within the Cornell Department of Communication.

The internet, and social media in particular, have made individual and institutional discourse visible like never before. Yet the mechanisms that shape the production of discourse — what leads individuals or institutions to speak up, whom do they address, what do they say — is not yet well understood. Margolin's research focuses on understanding these dynamics through the quantitative aggregation of collective communication behavior. In particular, his approach emphasizes the role that accountability, credibility, and legitimacy within social networks and communities play in shaping observable discourse.


Select Journal Publications

Margolin, D., Hannak, A., & Weber, I. Political Fact-Checking on Twitter: When Do Corrections Have an Effect? Political Communication. 

Lin, Y., Margolin, D., & Wen, X. Analyzing Individual Distress Following Terrorist Attacks Using Social Media Streams. Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis. 

Margolin, D., Goodman, S., Keegan, B., Lin, Y., & Lazer, D. (2016). Wiki-worthy: collective judgment of candidate notability. Information, Communication & Society. 19:1029-1045.

Margolin, D., Shen, C., Lee, S., Weber, M., Fulk, J., & Monge, P. (2015). Normative Influences on Network Structure in the Evolution of the Children's Rights NGO Network, 1977 -2004. Communication Research. 42:30-59.

Lin, Y., Margolin, D., & Lazer, D. (2015). Uncovering Social Semantics from Textual Traces: A Theory-Driven Approach and Evidence from Public Statements of U.S. Members of Congress. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.