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Junyan Zhu

Doctoral Researcher,



Junyan Zhu is a doctoral student in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, where she is also affiliated with Nottingham Interdisciplinary Centre for Economic and Political Research (NICEP), the Methods and Data Institute, and the Centre for British Politics. Before moving to the UK, Junyan completed a Master's degree in Political Science, with a focus on American politics, at Georgia State University, USA. Junyan's research interests are primarily in the field of political communication and quantitative methodology. Her PhD thesis, consisting of three articles, assesses the Internet's impact on civic engagement and explores how to improve citizenship by encouraging effective political participation and stimulating informed electoral choice. One of her ongoing research projects uses experimental data to examine the spread of fake news conspiracies on social media. Her recent articles appear in Presidential Studies Quarterly and Political Communication. Junyan's PhD study is funded by the Sir Francis Hill Scholarship and the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence. She is a recipient of Michael Cowan Award in the School of Politics in 2018.

Supervisors: Prof Cees van der Eijk; Dr Siim Trumm

Expertise Summary

  • Political Communication
  • Public Opinion
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • American Politics
  • Quantitative Methodology

Teaching Summary

University of Nottingham, UK

  • Teaching Assistant

M12098 How Voters Decide, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019

Georgia State University, USA

  • Independent Instructor

Introduction to American Government (POLS 1101), Spring 2014, Fall 2014

  • Writing Consultant

Introduction to American Government (POLS 1101), Spring 2015

  • Teaching Assistant

Introduction to American Government (POLS 1101), Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012

Internet and Democracy (POLS 4900), Spring 2012

Uses of Intermediate Statistical Methods (POLS 8810), Spring 2012, Spring 2013

Recent Publications

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