Joshua M. Pasek
Faculty Associate, CPS
Associate Professor, LSA Communication And Media
Associate Professor, Political Science
Research Assistant Professor, UMOR MI Inst For Data Science
Dr. Pasek's research explores how new media and psychological processes each shape political attitudes, public opinion, and political behaviors. He 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).
- Collaborative Research: The Future of Quantitative Research in Social Science. (Pamela E. Davis-Kean, Michael W. Traugott, Joshua M. Pasek, Ceren Budak, Stuart Soroka, Zeina N. Mneimneh, Trivellore E. Raghunathan) 2019-2024. NSF.
- Analysis of Measures Assessing Abortion Attitudes. (Joshua M. Pasek, Sara Isobel McClelland) 2018-2019. Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation.
- White, Katherine, Joshua M. Pasek, Achamyeleh Gebremariam, Dana Lewis, Weston Nordgren, James Wedding, Ashley Garrity, Emily Hirschfeld, an, et al. Forthcoming. "Motivations for Participation in an Online Social Media Community for Diabetes." Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
- Pasek, Joshua M. Forthcoming. "It's not my consensus: Motivated reasoning and the sources of scientific illiteracy." Public Understanding of Science
- Kuru, Ozan, Joshua M. Pasek, and Michael W. Traugott. Forthcoming. "When Polls Disagree: How Competitive Results and Methodological Quality Shape Partisan Perceptions of Polls and Electoral Predictions." International Journal of Public Opinion Research
- Pasek, Joshua M. 2018. "Linking Knowledge Networks Web Panel Data with External Data." Pp. 607-619 in The Palgrave Handbook of Survey Research, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
- Pasek, Joshua M. 2018. "Linking Individual-Level Survey Data to Consumer File Records." Pp. 263-266 in The Palgrave Handbook of Survey Research, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
- Soroka, Stuart, Mark Daku, Dan Hiaeshutter-Rice, Lauren Guggenheim, and Joshua M. Pasek. 2018. "Negativity and Positivity Biases in Economic News Coverage: Traditional Versus Social Media." Communication Research 45(7): 1078-1098.
- Bode, Leticia, Ceren Budak, Jonathan M. Ladd, Frank Newport, and Joshua M. Pasek. 2018. "Words That Matter How the News and Social Media Shaped the 2016 Presidential Campaign." Brookings Institution Press.
- Pasek, Joshua M., H. Y. Yan, Frederick G. Conrad, Frank Newport, and Stephanie Marken. 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.
- Krosnick, Jon A., Neil Malhotra, Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, Eduardo F. Bruera, LinChiat Chang, Joshua M. Pasek, and Randall K. Thomas. 2017. "Perceptions of health risks of cigarette smoking: A new measure reveals widespread misunderstanding." Plos One 12(8): e0182063.
- Kuru, Ozan, Joshua M. Pasek, and Michael W. Traugott. 2017. "Motivated Reasoning in the Perceived Credibility of Public Opinion Polls." Public Opinion Quarterly 81(2): 422-446.
- Lee, Joyce M., Joshua M. Pasek, Mark W. Newman, Achamyeleh Gebremariam, Preciosa Choi, Dana Lewis, Weston Nordgren, John Costik, et al. 2017. "Real-World Use and Self-Reported Health Outcomes of a Patient-Designed Do-it-Yourself Mobile Technology System for Diabetes: Lessons for Mobile Health." Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics 19(4): 209-219.
- Lundberg, Kristjen B., B. Keith Payne, Joshua M. Pasek, and Jon A. Krosnick. 2017. "Racial Attitudes Predicted Changes in Ostensibly Race-Neutral Political Attitudes Under the Obama Administration." Political Psychology 38(2): 313-330.
- Kuru, Ozan, Joseph Bayer, Joshua M. Pasek, and Scott W. Campbell. 2017. "Understanding and measuring mobile Facebook use: Who, why, and how?" Mobile Media & Communication 5(1): 102-120.
- Schober, Michael F., Joshua M. Pasek, Lauren Guggenheim, Cliff Lampe, and Frederick G. Conrad. 2016. "Social Media Analyses for Social Measurement." Public opinion quarterly 80(1): 180-211.
- Pasek, Joshua M. 2016. "When will Nonprobability Surveys Mirror Probability Surveys? Considering Types of Inference and Weighting Strategies as Criteria for Correspondence." International Journal of Public Opinion Research 28(2): 269-291.
- Kuru, Ozan, and Joshua M. Pasek. 2016. "Improving social media measurement in surveys: Avoiding acquiescence bias in Facebook research." Computers in Human Behavior 57: 82-92.
- Pasek, Joshua M., Tobias H. Stark, Jon A. Krosnick, and Trevor Tompson. 2015. "What motivates a conspiracy theory? Birther beliefs, partisanship, liberal-conservative ideology, and anti-Black attitudes." Electoral Studies 40: 482-489.
- Jang, S. Mo, and Joshua M. Pasek. 2015. "Assessing the Carrying Capacity of Twitter and Online News." Mass Communication and Society 18(5): 577-598.
- Pasek, Joshua M., Gaurav Sood, and Jon A. Krosnick. 2015. "Misinformed About the Affordable Care Act? Leveraging Certainty to Assess the Prevalence of Misperceptions." Journal of Communication 65(4): 660-673.
- Pasek, Joshua M. 2015. "The Polls-Review Predicting Elections: Considering Tools to Pool the Polls." Public Opinion Quarterly 79(2): 594-619.
- Murphy, Joe, Joshua M. Pasek, Michael W. Link, Jennifer Hunter Childs, Casey Langer Tesfaye, Elizabeth Dean, Michael Stern, Jon Cohen, et al. 2014. "Social Media in Public Opinion Research Executive Summary of the Aapor Task Force on Emerging Technologies in Public Opinion Research." Public Opinion Quarterly 78(4): 788-794.
- Pasek, Joshua M., S. Mo Jang, Curtiss L. Cobb, J. Michael Dennis, and Charles DiSogra. 2014. "Can Marketing Data Aid Survey Research? Examining Accuracy and Completeness in Consumer-File Data." Public Opinion Quarterly 78(4): 889-916.
- Chen, Eric, Gabor Simonovits, Jon A. Krosnick, and Joshua M. Pasek. 2014. "The impact of candidate name order on election outcomes in North Dakota." Electoral Studies 35: 115-122.
- Pasek, Joshua M., Daniel Schneider, Jon A. Krosnick, Alexander Tahk, Eyal Ophir, and Claire Milligan. 2014. "Prevalence and Moderators of the Candidate Name-Order Effect Evidence from Statewide General Elections in California." Public Opinion Quarterly 78(2): 416-439.
- Pasek, Joshua M., Tobias H. Stark, Jon A. Krosnick, Trevor Tompson, and B. Keith Payne. 2014. "Attitudes Toward Blacks in the Obama Era Changing Distributions and Impacts on Job Approval and Electoral Choice, 2008-2012." Public Opinion Quarterly 78: 276-302.
- Iran attacks show social media fueling deep deceptions during crisis
- How Capitalism and Consumerism Swallowed Democracy
- Eyes on 2020? Ohio GOP Governor, Democratic Senator Mulling
- You can trust the polls in 2018, if you read them carefully
- Those who love Trump and those who hate him are paying the most attention to him
- Pasek: Vilification of news media widens US political divide