Who We Are

Information is provided below about the members of the Project DATA research team. For information about the project’s partners and funding organizations, click here.

  • Principal Investigator
  • Project Administrators
  • Collaborators
  • Technical Supervisor

Young Mie Kim

Young Mie Kim

Professor Young Mie Kim is the Principal Investigator for the project. Kim is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kim’s research concerns media and politics, with an emphasis on digital media. Her research demonstrates that the digital media environment sets a condition that facilitates the development of passionate publics who care about a particular issue almost exclusively based on their values, identities, and self-interests. Kim has won a number of awards including the Best Article of the Year in Political Communication. Her research has appeared in flagship journals in the fields of Communication and Political Science: the Journal of Politics, Journal of Communication, Communication Research and others. Kim was a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK and obtained her PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Contact: ymkim5@wisc.edu


Ceri Hughes

Ceri Hughes is the project administrator for this study and the primary contact for queries related to the study. He is a PhD student at University of Madison-Wisconsin in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is originally from Wales where he earned his B.A. in Journalism and Broadcasting, and his M.A. in Political Communication, both from Cardiff University. He previously worked as a research analyst for the Wales Tourist Board advising the marketing and development departments on improving spending priorities and gaining better returns on investment. He was also a union officer for the Welsh Government working on national campaign communications.  His particular focus of study is on minor/alternative political voices and the role the media plays in relaying them (or not) to the population. His other area of interest is the role of religious discourse in the political arena, particularly its influence on environmental politics. Contact: ceri.hughes@wisc.edu


Benjamin Toff

Benjamin Toff is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying political communication, public opinion, and the effects of the changing news landscape on American politics. He also serves as the graduate student assistant for the Elections Research Center. Originally from Tucson, Ariz., he received his B.A. in social studies from Harvard University and worked as a journalist at The New York Times from 2005-2011. His dissertation, entitled “The Blind Scorekeepers: Journalism, Polling, and the Battle to Define Public Opinion in American Politics,” focuses on the role played by quantitative survey data in political news coverage, assessing changes over time as well as effects on public attitudes and journalistic norms and practices. Contact: toff@wisc.edu


Arvind Narayanan

Dr. Arvind Narayanan is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Princeton. He studies information privacy and security and has a side-interest in technology policy. His research has shown that data anonymization is broken in fundamental ways, for which he jointly received the 2008 Privacy Enhancing Technologies Award. Narayanan leads the Princeton Web Transparency and Accountability project that aims to uncover how companies are collecting and using our personal information. He also studies the security and stability of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Narayanan is an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton and an affiliate scholar at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society.

Contact: arvindn@cs.princeton.edu


Steven Englehardt

Steven Englehardt is a PhD student at Princeton University. He is a CITP Graduate Student Fellow. His research interests lie in the web privacy and web security space. In particular in how we can use measurement to understand the structure of the web and alter the incentives to make it more private. He has been involved in projects studying web tracking, government surveillance, personalization, price discrimination, and alternative models to advertising.

Contact: ste@cs.princeton.edu


Garvesh Raskutti

Dr. Garvesh Raskutti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at University of Madison-Wisconsin. His interests include Optimization Theory, Information theory and Theoretical statistics to study computational and statistical aspects of large-scale and inference problems.

Contact: raskutti@wisc.edu

Philipp Winter

Philipp Winter

Dr. Philipp Winter is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computer Science, Princeton University. Winter spent his Ph.D. thesis working on understanding and circumventing country-wide Internet censorship systems. Most of his work was about the Tor anonymity network. In addition to his research on anonymity and network security, he is an avid free software hacker, maintaining several software projects as a member of The Tor Project.

Contact: pwinter@princeton.edu