Ernesto de León

Ernesto de León

PhD Candidate

University of Bern

Biography

Hello! I’m a PhD candidate in political communication at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Bern, in Switzerland. Currently, I’m part of the research project “Reciprocal relations between populist radical-right attitudes and political information behavior” led by Prof Dr Silke Adam (supervisor) at the University of Bern, and Prof Dr Michaela Maier at the University of Koblenz-Landau. Originally from the Dominican Republic, I did my BA in International Relations at the ITESM in Mexico, and obtained my MSc in Political Science (research) at the University of Amsterdam.

Research

My research focuses on political information flows in a digital age and its effects on political attitudes. To do so, I make use of computational methodologies to explore web behaviour, social media use, and to conduct large-scale automated content analyses through text-as-data approaches.

I classify my research into three main branches:

  • Aggregate information flows: Here I focus on aggregate-level sharing of news on social media. I research what influences the difusion of political news across social network sites, addresing the role played by emotions, as well as the impact elections have on changing patterns of news engagement.
  • Individual access to political information: Using a combination of survey and digital trace data, I aim to understand how people access political information. This work speaks to the areas of media exposure measurement, and accurate classification of political and hyperpartisan content.
  • Effects of political news consumption: Here I research how consumption of political news impacts individuals’ trust in politics, and likelihood to participate in political processes.

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Interests
  • Political communication
  • Computational social science
  • News sharing
  • Media effects
Education
  • PhD in Political Communication, Ongoing

    University of Bern

  • MSc in Political Science (research), 2020

    University of Amsterdam

  • BA in International Relations, 2018

    Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Publications and Working Papers

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(2022). News, Threats, and Trust: How COVID-19 News Shaped Political Trust, and How Threat Perceptions Conditioned This Relationship. International Journal of Press/Politics.

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(2021). Electoral News Sharing: A Study of Changes in News Coverage and Facebook Sharing Behaviour During the 2018 Mexican Elections. Information, Communication and Society.

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(2021). The Inconsistency of Immigration Policy: From Macro- to Micro- approaches. Under Review - Pre-print Available.

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(2021). The Politics of Differentiated Integration: What do Governments Want? Country Report-Spain. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS.

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