People: Research Faculty
Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies and Political Science
Ph.D. 2011 Stanford University (Communication Studies)
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
Bode, L., Budak, C., Ladd, J. M., Newport, F., Pasek, J., Singh, L. O., Soroka, S. N., & Traugott, M. W. (2020). Words that Matter: How the News and Social Media Shaped the 2016 Presidential Election. Washington, D.C., Brookings Institution Press.
Ozan Kuru, Josh Pasek & Michael W. Traugott (2020) When Pundits Weigh In: Do Expert and Partisan Critiques in News Reports Shape Ordinary Individuals’ Interpretations of Polls?, Mass Communication and Society, 23:5, 628-655,
Josh Pasek, Jon A Krosnick, Relations Between Variables and Trends Over Time in Rdd Telephone and Nonprobability Sample Internet Surveys, Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, Volume 8, Issue 1, February 2020, Pages 37–61, https://doi.org/10.1093/jssam/smz059
Carina Cornesse, Annelies G Blom, David Dutwin, Jon A Krosnick, Edith D De Leeuw, Stéphane Legleye, Josh Pasek, Darren Pennay, Benjamin Phillips, Joseph W Sakshaug, Bella Struminskaya, Alexander Wenz, A Review of Conceptual Approaches and Empirical Evidence on Probability and Nonprobability Sample Survey Research, Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, Volume 8, Issue 1, February 2020, Pages 4–36, https://doi.org/10.1093/jssam/smz041
Ozan Kuru, Josh Pasek, Michael W Traugott, When Polls Disagree: How Competitive Results and Methodological Quality Shape Partisan Perceptions of Polls and Electoral Predictions, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Volume 32, Issue 3, Autumn 2020, Pages 586–603, https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edz035