The Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics (IDDP) provides research fellowships to support projects by Ph.D. or others with terminal degrees at any career stage. The fellow’s research should align with IDDP’s mission to help the public, journalists and policymakers understand digital media’s influence on public dialogue and opinion and to develop sound solutions to disinformation and other ills that arise in digital spaces. This Q & A is one in a GW Today series introducing fellows to the university community.
Jeffrey Lees is a visiting assistant professor at Clemson University’s Media Forensics Hub and an incoming associate research scholar at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He researches the psychology of inaccurate beliefs and their consequences for political, organizational and social life. He was recognized as an Emerging Scholar by the Center for the Science of Moral Understanding in 2020, and his research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Nature Human Behaviour and the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, and featured in Harvard Business Review.