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Christopher A. Bail, Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy  

Email Address: christopher.bail@duke.edu
Web Page: http://www.chrisbail.net/

Areas of Expertise

    Ph.D., Harvard University, 2011

    Research Description: I study how non-profit organizations and other political actors create cultural change by analyzing large groups of texts from newspapers, television, public opinion surveys, and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. I am currently conducting a study of how non-profit organizations reach new audiences on the Internet using a unique sample of groups recruited via Facebook

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Bail, CA; Brown, TW; Mann, M. "Channeling Hearts and Minds: Advocacy Organizations, Cognitive-Emotional Currents, and Public Conversation." American sociological review (October, 2017): 000312241773367-000312241773367. [doi]
    2. McDonnell, TE; Bail, CA; Tavory, I. "A Theory of Resonance." Sociological Theory 35.1 (March, 2017): 1-14. [doi]
    3. Bail, CA. "Taming Big Data." Sociological Methods & Research 46.2 (March, 2017): 189-217. [doi]
    4. Bail, CA. "Combining natural language processing and network analysis to examine how advocacy organizations stimulate conversation on social media.." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA 113.42 (October, 2016): 11823-11828. [doi]  [abs]
    5. Bail, CA. "Cultural carrying capacity: Organ donation advocacy, discursive framing, and social media engagement.." Social Science & Medicine 165 (September, 2016): 280-288. [doi]  [abs]

    Curriculum Vitae

    Chris Bail is the Douglas and Ellen Lowey Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Duke. His research examines political polarization, culture and social psychology using tools from the emerging field of computational social science (e.g. digital trace data from social media sites, automated text analysis, and machine learning)

    Chris is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Carnegie Fellowship, and numerous awards from the American Sociological Association, the Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action, and other scholarly associations. His research has been published by Princeton University Press, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Journal of Public Health, the American Sociological Review, and other leading publications. Funding for his work has been provided by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. His research has also been covered by major media outlets such as NBC NewsNational Public Radio, the Washington Post, and the BBC.

    Chris is the Editor of the Oxford University Press Series in Computational Social Science and the co-founder of the Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science, which are free training events designed to introduce junior scholars to the field that are held concurrently in seven universities around the world each year. Chris also serves on the Advisory Council to the National Science Foundation's Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate, and helped create Duke's Interdisciplinary Data Science Program.  He is also the Director of Duke's new Polarization Lab.

    Christopher A. Bail