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Adam Hughes

Computational Social Scientist

Adam Hughes is a computational social scientist at Pew Research Center. He uses data science tools to investigate communication, behavior and public opinion. His research also evaluates the promise and pitfalls of emerging methodological approaches. He is a contributing author to reports about partisan conflict in Congressional outreach and the ways that members of Congress share news with online audiences. Hughes received his Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia, where he used natural language processing, survey experiments and television broadcast data to measure how political communication shapes political behavior and attitudes. His work appears in academic journals such as Public Administration Review, Research and Politics and The Journal of Political Marketing.

Publications
U.S. PoliticsNovember 30, 2018

Members of both parties find meaning in family but differ when it comes to faith

Partisan differences are modest among Americans who mention family, career, money or friends as aspects that make their lives meaningful.

ReligionNovember 20, 2018

Americans who find meaning in these four areas have higher life satisfaction

Four topics are universally associated with higher levels of life satisfaction: a person’s good health, romantic partner, friends and career.

ReligionNovember 20, 2018

What keeps us going

We asked thousands of Americans where they find meaning in life. Their responses were rich, thoughtful and varied, and we have selected 100 to share with you in no particular order.

ReligionNovember 20, 2018

Where Americans Find Meaning in Life

Family is the most common source of meaning in America, but economic, religious and political divides shape where people find meaning in other aspects of life.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 17, 2018

APSA conference roundup: Research on political polarization on social media and the U.S. Congress

The ways that social media shape political attitudes and the intricacies of lawmaking in Congress were two of many topics at the APSA annual conference.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 25, 2018

Moderates in Congress go local on Facebook more than the most ideological members

For the average moderate legislator, about 54% of a member’s Facebook posts discussed local issues between 2015 and 2017. But for the average very liberal or very conservative legislator, just 38% of posts dealt with local issues.

Pew Research CenterJuly 18, 2018

‘Anger’ topped ‘love’ when Facebook users reacted to lawmakers’ posts after 2016 election

The U.S. congressional Facebook audience used the “angry” button in response to lawmakers’ posts nearly 14 million times following the 2016 election.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 18, 2018

Taking Sides on Facebook: How Congressional Outreach Changed Under President Trump

Democratic legislators’ opposition to political adversaries on Facebook spiked after Trump’s election, while “angry” reactions to posts by members of Congress increased among followers.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 1, 2018

There’s a large gender gap in congressional Facebook posts about sexual misconduct

About seven-in-ten women in Congress mentioned sexual misconduct in their official Facebook posts between Oct. 1 and Dec. 30, 2017, compared with 37% of men in Congress.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 19, 2018

Very liberal or conservative legislators most likely to share news on Facebook

The most ideological members of Congress shared news stories on their Facebook pages more than twice as often as moderate legislators between Jan. 2, 2015, and July 20, 2017, according to a new Pew Research Center study that examined all official Facebook posts created by members of Congress in this period. The analysis included links […]