Josh Pasek

Research Faculty


Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies


Ph.D. 2011 Stanford University (Communication Studies)


Josh Pasek’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)
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Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan
Room 4457, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104–2321, United States

Phone: 734–763–3186

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Josh Pasek is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies 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 survey design. Current research explores how 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 differences between survey results obtained from Internet volunteers as opposed to traditional samples. His work has been published in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Communication Research, and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics among other outlets. He also maintains two R packages for producing survey weights (anesrake) and analyzing weighted survey data (weights).

Selected publications. Please also see Josh Pasek’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)...

Pasek, J., & Krosnick, J. A. (2010). Optimizing Survey Questionnaire Design in Political Science: Insights From Psychology. In J. Leighley (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior. (pp. 27-50). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Pasek, J., Tahk, A., Lelkes, Y., Krosnick, J. A., Payne, B. K., Akhtar, O., & Tompson, T. (2009).Determinants of Turnout and Candidate Choice in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election: Illuminating the Impact of Racial Prejudice and Other Considerations. Public Opinion Quarterly, 73(5), 943-994.

Pasek, J., More, E., & Romer, D. (2009). Realizing the Social Internet? Online Social Networking Meets Offline Civic Engagement. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 6(3/4), 197-215.

Pasek, J., Kenski, K., Romer, D., & Jamieson K. H. (2006). America’s Youth and Community Engagement: How Use of Mass Media is Related to Political Knowledge and Civic Activity Among 14 to 22 Year Olds. Communication Research, 33(3), 115-135.