Josh Pasek is Associate Professor of Communication & Media and Political Science, Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies, and Core Faculty for the Michigan Institute for Data Science at the University of Michigan. His research explores how new media and psychological processes each shape political attitudes, public opinion, and political behaviors. Josh also examines issues in the measurement of public opinion including techniques for reducing measurement error and improving population inferences. Current research explores how both accurate and inaccurate political information might influence public opinion and voter decision-making, evaluates whether the use of online social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter might be changing the political information environment, and assesses the conditions under which nonprobability samples, such as those obtained from big data methods or samples of Internet volunteers can lead to conclusions similar to those of traditional probability samples. His work has been published in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Communication Research, and the Journal of Communication among other outlets. He also maintains two R packages for producing survey weights (anesrake) and analyzing weighted survey data (weights).
Research Areas: Political Communication, Survey Methodology, New and Emerging Technologies, Media Psychology, Public Opinion, Data Science
- Josh Pasek, Sunghee Lee. 2022. Integrating Data Across Sources. Measurement and Analysis of Public Opinion: An Analytical Framework :161-212.
- Conrad, Frederick G, Johann A. Gagnon-Bartsch, Robyn A. Ferg, Michael F. Schober, Pasek, Josh, Elizabeth Hou. 2021. Social Media as an Alternative to Surveys of Opinions About the Economy. Social Science Computer Review 39(4):489-508.
- Pasek, Josh, White, Katherine , Gebremariam, Achamyeleh , Lewis, Dana , Nordgren, Weston , Wedding, James , Garrity, Ashley , Hirschfeld, Emily , Lee, Joyce M. 2019. Motivations for Participation in an Online Social Media Community for Diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
- Pasek, Josh. 2019. It's not my consensus: Motivated reasoning and the sources of scientific illiteracy. Public Understanding of Science
- Pasek, Josh, Traugott, Michael W, Kuru, Ozan . 2019. When Polls Disagree: How Competitive Results and Methodological Quality Shape Partisan Perceptions of Polls and Electoral Predictions. International Journal of Public Opinion Research
- Pasek, Josh. 2018. Linking Knowledge Networks Web Panel Data with External Data. The Palgrave Handbook of Survey Research :607-619.
- Pasek, Josh. 2018. Linking Individual-Level Survey Data to Consumer File Records. The Palgrave Handbook of Survey Research :263-266.
- Soroka, Stuart, Guggenheim, Lauren, Pasek, Josh, Daku, Mark , Hiaeshutter-Rice, Dan . 2018. Negativity and Positivity Biases in Economic News Coverage: Traditional Versus Social Media. Communication Research 45(7):1078-1098.
- Pasek, Josh, Bode, Leticia , Budak, Ceren , Ladd, Jonathan M, Newport, Frank . 2018. Words That Matter How the News and Social Media Shaped the 2016 Presidential Campaign..
- Pasek, Josh, Conrad, Frederick G, Yan, H Y, Newport, Frank , Marken, Stephanie . 2018. The Stability of Economic Correlations over Time: Identifying Conditions under Which Survey Tracking Polls and Twitter Sentiment Yield Similar Conclusions. Public opinion quarterly 82(3):470-492.