Zixi (Alex) Bi
I am a PhD student at the department of political science in Pennsylvania State University. I study social
networks, methodology, and political communication.
My interests lie at the intersection of political communication, public opinion, and social networks. In the
broadest sense, I am interested in the antecedents, structure, and consequences of citizens’ online political
Methodologically, I take a problem- rather than methods- based approach to social science. As such, I employ
traditional methods(such as surveys, field experiments, and quasi-experiments) as well as more computationally
intensive methods (using e.g. automated text analysis, network analysis)