Wei (Rocio) Zhong

Computational Social Scientist


I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Social Media and Politics at New York University. Before joining NYU, I served as a Research Scientist at the Institute of Data, Democracy, and Politics (IDDP) at George Washington University. I hold a Ph.D. in political Science and an M.S. in statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

My research interests are situated at the intersection of computational methods, social media, and politics. I specialize in studying voting behavior, the dynamics of online extremism, and the mechanisms underlying political polarization.


2014.08 - 2021.05
Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2016.08 - 2018.05
M.S. in Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2012 .08 - 2014.05
M.A. in Politics, New York University

2005.08 - 2009.05
B.A. in Spanish, University of International Business and Economics, China (对外经济贸易大学)