I am a comparative politics scholar with a substantive focus on authoritarian politics, populism, and information manipulation. Although I have a particular interest and expertise in China, I also have several research projects that address these topics in other regions of the world, including Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Methodologically, I’m interested in experiments, measurement issues, quantitative text analysis, and computational social science.
- Yaoyao Dai, Zijie Shao, and Xianglin Xu. 2016. “Agenda-Setting and International News Coverage: A Quantitative Text Analysis on China Central TV News Reports” (In Chinese). Journal of Chinese Academy of Governance 4: 29-34.
- Yaoyao Dai, Chenyuan Ji, and Zijie Shao. Forthcoming. “Media Framing Effects in Public Opinion: A Survey Experiment in China” (In Chinese). Journal of Public Management.
- Yaoyao Dai and Luwei Luqiu. “International Propaganda”, To be published in Fall 2018 issue of CP: Newsletter of the Comparative Politics Organized Section of the American Political Science Association.
- Yaoyao Dai and Zijie Shao. 2016. “Populism as a Strategy of Authoritarian Survival in China: Concept and Measurement”, CP: Newsletter of the Comparative Politics Organized Section of the American Political Science Association 26(2): 31-40.
- Yaoyao Dai. 2018. “Populism and Abuse of Populism.” Tencent Dajia (Most influential self-media in China. Article has been viewed over 310,000 times).
- Yaoyao Dai, “Anti-corruption Campaigns and Popular Support for Authoritarian Governments: A Survey Experiment in China.”
- Yaoyao Dai, “Measuring Populism in Contexts: A Supervised Approach with Word Embedding Models.”
- Yaoyao Dai and Benjamin Radford, “Multilingual Word Embedding for Zero-Shot Text Classification.”
- Yaoyao Dai, “Self-censorship in Authoritarian Regimes: A List Experiment in China.”
- Yaoyao Dai and Luwei Luqiu, “Soft Propaganda, Misinformed Citizens, and Source Credibility: A Survey Experiment on Foreign Political Advertising.”
Works in Progress:
- Yaoyao Dai and Chiedo Nwankwor, “Anti-corruption Campaigns and Popular Support for the Government: A Survey Experiment in Nigeria.”
- Yaoyao Dai and Matt Golder, “Identifying Party Families with Cluster Analysis.”
- Yaoyao Dai and Alexander Kustov, “When Do (and Don’t) Politicians use Populist Rhetoric? A Mobilization Model of Populism.”
- Yaoyao Dai and Burt Monroe, “Better Word Embedding Methods for Social Science Research.”