Time: Aug 30 12:00 PM
Location: Online

Words of Nostalgia: Using Text Analysis to Study Authoritarian Rhetoric in Philippines' Social Media

Faculty Spotlight - Sanghoon Kim-Leffingwell

Around the world, the tension between authoritarianism and democracy persists. This is a source of anxiety for many, but in fact many citizens continue to feel nostalgic for former dictatorships in their countries. Why do people feel this nostalgia? And through what means is authoritarian nostalgia delivered, circulated, and accepted?

In this talk, Dr. Kim-Leffingwell describes how text-as-data analyses of Twitter posts from the Philippines can help answer these questions, combining text classification, sentiment analysis, and supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques.

Dr. Sanghoon Kim-Leffingwell is a Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator with the Data Analytics and Policy Program in the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He received his PhD in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2022. His research interests focus on authoritarian nostalgia and related political behavior in post-authoritarian democracies, especially East Asian countries.

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