Markus Neumann is awarded the 18-19 Robert S. Friedman Award for Excellence in Teaching

Markus Neumann is awarded the 18-19 Robert S. Friedman Award for Excellence in Teaching

Markus Neumann has been awarded the 18-19 Robert S. Friedman Award for Excellence in Teaching. The department gives this award annually to recognize a graduate student's exceptional performance as an instructor of record in an undergraduate course. Markus received the award for his performance as the instructor of PLSC 130 (American Political Campaigns and Elections) in summer 2018.

Markus Neumann is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and Social Data Analytics. His research revolves around the application of machine learning and specifically natural language processing methods to the study of American politics, especially political communication and representation. His work primarily deals with text and audio data, but also extends to image and network data as well as simulations. Markus' dissertation relies on tools from phonetics, electrical engineering and natural language processing to study how U.S. senators shift their rhetorical style in accordance with the representational needs of their audience. Markus is expected to complete his Ph.D. in 2020.