Jan Zilinsky

Ph.D. candidate | Department of Politics at NYU
Graduate Research Associate | NYU Center for Social Media and Politics

My research analyzes how public opinion is shaped by the media, economic events, and political parties. With my collaborators we use surveys augmented with digital trace data to measure what voters know, what they believe, and to explain the sources of their behavior.


Don’t Republicans Tweet Too? Using Twitter to Assess the Consequences of Political Endorsements by Celebrities
Perspectives on Politics, 2020. With Vaccari, C., Nagler, J. & Tucker, J. A.
PDF | Monkey Cage summary

Democratic deconsolidation revisited: Young Europeans are not dissatisfied with democracy
Research & Politics, 2019.
PDF (open-access)

How Many People Live in Political Bubbles on Social Media? Evidence from Linked Survey and Twitter Data
Sage Open, 2019. With Gregory Eady, Jonathan Nagler, Andrew Guess, and Joshua Tucker
PDF (open-access) | Summaries: Pacific Standard, Main chart

The Happiness Gap in Eastern Europe
Journal of Comparative Economics, 2016. With Simeon Djankov and Elena Nikolova
PDF | Summary: Financial Times blog | Ungated SSRN & OSF pre-prints

Work in progress

The Divided (But Not More Predictable) Electorate: A Machine Learning Analysis of Voting in American Presidential Elections.
Paper with Seo-young Silvia Kim.

What People Learn From Twitter: Evidence from a Panel Survey Combined with Direct Observation of Social Media Activity.
Paper with Greogy Eady, Jonathan Nagler, and Joshua Tucker.

What Matters to Voters? Examining Micro-Level and Macro-Level Drivers of Citizens’ Economic and Life Evaluations.
Paper with James Bisbee. [Preliminary results]