Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics

Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics


Our Mission

The Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics is dedicated to multidisciplinary research that deepens understanding of healthy democratic dialog and to policies and practices that strengthen it. 


About Us

Launched in 2019, the Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics works with the public, journalists, and policymakers to better understand digital media’s influence on democratic dialogue and opinion, as well as develop sound solutions to disinformation. IDDP is a multidisciplinary effort made up of researchers from across George Washington University. Social scientists join computer scientists, engineers, and physicists to investigate online narratives and untangle disinformation campaigns. IDDP supports democratic institutions such as free and fair elections, fact-based journalism, and evidence-based policy processes. With the support of a $5 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, this new research institute fights digital disinformation and supports democratic dialogue at a critical time.




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Institute researchers will produce timely publications about the threat to democracy posed by digital propaganda and deception and contribute to academic journals with new scholarships.

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The Institute will bring a team of leading interdisciplinary researchers from around the world together under one roof and organize events on new disinformation research.



The institute will collaborate with the Poynter Institute and its PolitiFact project to offer trainings on the misinformation landscape and how to correct false information with fact-checking journalism.

Institute Leadership  

Steven Livingston

Steven Livingston

Director Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics
Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs

Rebekah Tromble

Rebekah Tromble 

Associate Director Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics
Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs 


Meet Our Faculty


“Our nation’s political discourse, our media, and most importantly our democracy, depend on facts. With generous support from Knight Foundation, this new institute leverages GW’s strengths convening interdisciplinary teams and using data and research to solve complex challenges facing our nation and world.”

Thomas LeBlanc

President of the George Washington University



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Knight Foundation Investment to Fund Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics

A new research institute at the George Washington University will fight the rise of distorted and misleading information online, working to educate national policy makers and journalists on strategies to grapple with the threat to democracy posed by digital propaganda and deception.

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