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Emily Van Duyn is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to Illinois, Van Duyn earned her PhD in Communication Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University with the Program on Democracy and the Internet. Her research explores why people talk (or do not talk) about politics and the role of digital media in facilitating a space for community and political discourse. She tackles these questions using diverse methodologies, including surveys, experiments, interviews, and ethnography. Her recent book with Oxford University Press, Democracy Lives in Darkness: How and Why People Keep Their Politics a Secret, focuses on the reasons why individuals do not express their political opinions in public and how they express those opinions and organize in secret. Across two years, she follows a secret group of progressives in rural Texas who, out of fear of their conservative community, meet in secret to talk about politics and take political action. Her work is concerned with the effects of social, geographic, and political polarization and how these phenomena threaten liberal democratic norms.
Ph.D., Communication Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
M.Ed., Southern Methodist University
B.S., Communication Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Government, The University of Texas at Austin
Van Duyn, E., & Muddiman, A. (2022). Predicting perceptions of incivility across 20 news comment sections. Journalism, 23(1), 134-152. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884920907779
Peacock, C., & Van Duyn, E. (Accepted/In press). Monitoring and correcting: why women read and men comment online. Information Communication and Society. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2021.1993957
Van Duyn, E. (2021). Democracy Lives in Darkness: How and Why People Keep Their Politics a Secret. (Journalism and Political Communication Unbound). Oxford University Press.
Van Duyn, E., Peacock, C., & Stroud, N. J. (2021). The Gender Gap in Online News Comment Sections. Social Science Computer Review, 39(2), 181-196. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894439319864876
Stroud, N. J., & Van Duyn, E. (Accepted/In press). Assessing the External Validity of Using News Websites as Experimental Stimuli. Communication Methods and Measures, 14(3), 212-218. https://doi.org/10.1080/19312458.2020.1718630