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Postdoctoral Researcher to Lead Social Media Governance Initiative

The Justice Collaboratory is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with a background in social science and/or law, who specializes in social media governance and related issues. This position will be primarily responsible for managing the Justice Collaboratory’s new Social Media Governance Initiative.

The Justice Collaboratory is an interdisciplinary group of scholars at Yale University and beyond. Our goal is to apply the latest ideas in the social sciences to inform policy and institutional design. Historically, much of our work has involved researching public trust in legal authorities and the popular legitimacy of the criminal justice system. Two years ago, we pivoted to work alongside social media platforms - most intensively with Facebook, where our research has been informing their efforts to rebuild platform governance and legitimacy. Through this work, we have observed similarities in how social media platforms regulate online communities and the social interactions between government authorities and ‘real life’ communities. To move forward research and understanding in this area, we are launching a Social Media Governance

Initiative. We have identified two general questions that will frame the overall Initiative:

1)      How is social media impacting the nature of community and collective behavior, and what are the political and psychological implications of these changes?

2)      Do social media platforms, as the new fora for civic discourse, have a responsibility to adopt policies that promote democratic values (such as pluralism, tolerance, and ability to reason with people of different ideologies and cultures)? If so, what policies/practices can accomplish this in a way that users perceive as legitimate?

Long-term, the Justice Collaboratory aims to be a clearinghouse for empirical research on these types of questions, as well as translating this research into policy guidance for social media companies.

The SMGI Postdoctoral Researcher would be responsible for defining and executing the future direction of the SMGI. More specific responsibilities/activities include:

  • Being up-to-date on research and writing pertaining to social media governance, as well as industry developments in this area.
  • Identifying novel research questions and areas where the JC could contribute thought leadership.
  • Conceptualizing, designing, and managing empirical research – most likely online survey experiments – and potentially analyzing the data.
  • Coming up with a vision for the future direction of the Initiative that fits into the JC’s mission.

We are seeking applicants with the following qualifications:

  • A doctorate in a behavioral science-related discipline (e.g., social or political psychology, sociology, political science, economics) and/or law.
  • A record of research and writing related to the questions outlined above.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage long term projects on a time-line, plan public events, and supervise people effectively.  
  • Preference given to applicants who have a background in empirical research methods, are competent with data analysis (both descriptive and causal inference), and software such as SPSS and/or R Studio, or other relevant experience.

This is a full-time, 24-month appointment located in New Haven, CT. Salary is competitive with top-tier employee benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance.

The position could begin as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2019. We ask that the incoming researcher attend a conference taking place on May 9-10, 2019 at Yale in New Haven, CT. This is the inaugural conference for the Social Media Governance Initiative, and will gather academics, people from the social media industry, non-profits, and other stakeholders, with the objective of better defining the future agenda for SMGI.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Molly Aunger ( as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Cover letter should state the basis for your interest in this position, and describe particular strengths or qualifications that are not evident from your CV.  


Research Assistant(s) Needed for an Evaluation of Mexico City Police Reform (Summer 2019)

The Justice Collaboratory is seeking two Research Assistants to work this summer with Yale School of Management Professor Rodrigo Canales and Yale Law School Professors Tracey Meares and Tom Tyler. Professor Canales designed and conducted a police reform experiment in Mexico City that involved retaining police officers in new policing procedures built around the just treatment of members of the public. This reform effort was evaluated through the collection of several types of ground-breaking empirical data to assess the impact of the training – over the summer, we hope to analyze this data. This analysis includes content coding of officer self-narratives; analysis of the results of videotaped police-citizen interactions; and examination of other types of qualitative and quantitative data. The majority of data are in Spanish.

Strong preference given to candidates with qualitative data analysis experience and the ability to read and/or speak Spanish.  The ideal candidate will be able to think critically and work independently.

Research assistants will work 20-35 hours per week. Responsibilities may include some or all of the following duties:

  • Use content coding programs such as nVivo to content code transcripts. Help develop this effort by working with new programs using artificial intelligence to better code interviews.
  • Conduct statistical analysis of an experimental study varying the impact of the conditions of police-citizen interactions.
  • Evaluate survey responses of the public and police officers.
  • Do a literature review of relevant material on police reform.
  • Help to write a report on the effectiveness of this police reform effort.
  • Work location flexible, but must be able to meet at The Justice Collaboratory offices (New Haven) as necessary.



  • Enrolled at Yale University
  • Background or familiarity with the field of criminal justice

Questions should be directed to Camila Gripp at Application Materials • One-page cover letter • Resume listing two references.

Please submit all application materials no later than March 31, 2019 to ensure consideration.


Yale University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.