HPU Assistant Professor Of Political Science Receives Grant From National Science Foundation

Posted on August 24, 2010.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 24, 2010 – Dr. Martin Kifer, assistant professor of political science and director of the Survey Research Center at High Point University, recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a collaborative political science project.

The project, “Collaborative Research: Using Web Data to Study the Nature and Consequences of U.S. Congressional Campaigns,” teams Kifer up with two colleagues – Jamie Druckman from Northwestern University and Michael Parkin from Oberlin College.

“Congressional campaigns are finding new ways to use the internet to get their positive messages out, organize their followers, raise money, and attack their opponents,” says Kifer.  “Our research examines many facets of the websites those candidates create during their campaigns.”

The High Point University award is $15,031, and the other partners will receive the rest of the grant. The award will help Kifer and his colleagues expand a unique data set they created from more than 1,100 different websites between 2002 and 2008. 

The team is working on an experimental study about how people process information they encounter on campaign websites, analyzing data taken from the official websites incumbent members of Congress post online, and are looking forward to continuing the project with the NSF support during the fall 2010 congressional campaigns.

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Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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