Sean J.

Westwood Curriculum Vitae
seanjw@stanford.edu | 775.229.3205
Academic Appointments
2014-2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics
Princeton University
Education
2014 Ph.D. in Political Communication
Committee: Shanto Iyengar, Justin Grimmer, James Hamilton and Jeremy Bailenson
Stanford University
2008 MSc in Media
The London School of Economics and Political Science
2007 BA in Political Science
Magna Cum Laude
University of Nevada
Books
The Impression of Influence: How Legislator Communication and Government Spending Cultivate a Personal Vote.
with Justin Grimmer and Solomon Messing
Princeton University Press, 2014
The Myth of Bipartisanship
In progress
Journal Articles
“How Words and Money Cultivate a Personal Vote: The Effect of Legislator Credit Claiming on Constituent Credit
Allocation”
with Justin Grimmer and Solomon Messing
American Political Science Review, 2012. 106 (4), 703-719.
“Fear and Loathing Across Party Lines: New Evidence on Group Polarization”
with Shanto Iyengar
American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming
“Selective Exposure in the Age of Social Media: Endorsements Trump Partisan Source Affiliation when Selecting Online
News Media”
with Solomon Messing
Communication Research, forthcoming.
“The Role of Persuasion in Deliberative Opinion Change”
Political Communication, Revise and Resubmit
Articles Under Review
“The Nature and Limits of Partisan Prejudice”
with Yphtach Lelkes
Under Review
“How Social Distance Structures Selectivity and Evaluation of Content in Social Media”
with Solomon Messing
Under Review
“Deliberation and the Illusion of Democracy: The Effects of Artificial Deliberation on Public Attitudes”
with Rebecca Weiss
Under Review
“Racing to the Polls: How Local Pre-election Polls Increase Turnout”
with David Vannette
Under Review
Papers in Progress
“Estimating Heterogeneous Treatment Effects and the Effects of Heterogeneous Treatments with Ensemble Methods”
with Justin Grimmer and Solomon Messing
“Hating the Other Side: How Affective Polarization Changes Political Decision-Making”
Grants
2010 $60,333 Google Research
“Networking the News: The Impact of Social News Ratings on Media Consumption Heuristics and
Agenda Setting”
2009 $1,000 Institute for Research in the Social Sciences at Stanford University
“Networking the News: The Impact of Social News Ratings on Media Consumption Heuristics and
Agenda Setting”
Refereed Conference Papers
APSA: 2011 (2), 2012, 2013
MPSA: 2011 (2), 2012 (2), 2013, 2014 (2)
PolMeth: 2013
AAPOR: 2011 (3), 2013
PAPOR: 2010, 2013
MAPOR: 2009
NCA: 2010 (2)
ICA: 2010 (2), 2013 (2)
Computational Social Science
Professional experience with: python, Java, php, JavaScript, mongoDB (NoSQL database), SQL (mysql and SQL server),
Amazon EC2
Tools: R, Unix, Qualtrics, L
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Service
Political Communication, Assistant Editor (2012)
Reviewer
• Political Communication
• Public Opinion Quarterly
• Legislative Studies Quarterly
• Journal of Experimental Political Science
• Journalism
• Journal of Mixed Methods Research
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