Lia C Bozarth

6th Year PhD Candidate at University of Michigan, School of Information (UMSI)

Short Biography

I grew up in the West Coast, and earned my bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Washington, Seattle. I then worked in the industry as a full stack software engineer for a few years. I'm currently a 6th year doctoral candidate at University of Michigan, School of Information. My PI is Ceren Budak.

Email: lbozarth AT umich DOT edu
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Research Interest

I'm interested in using data science for social good. I have worked 3 years as a full-stack software developer at top-tier tech firms, followed by 5 years of research experience in the field of computational social science. I have published numerous manuscripts in the field of fake news, online social movements, news media studies, and political communications.


Lia Bozarth, Ceren Budak, "Market Forces: Quantifying the Role of Top Credible Ad Servers in the Fake News Ecosystem", forthcoming, ICWSM (2021) Download

Lia Bozarth, Ceren Budak, "An Analysis of the Partnership between Retailers and Low-credibility News Publishers", forthcoming, JQD:DM (2021) Download

Lia Bozarth, Ceren Budak, "Beyond the Eye-Catchers: a Large-Scale Study of Social Movement Organizations' Involvement in Online Protests", in proceedings, New Media & Society (2020). Download

Lia Bozarth, Ceren Budak, "Toward a Better Performance Evaluation Framework for Fake News Classification", in proceedings, ICWSM(2020).Download

Lia Bozarth, Aparajita Saraf, Ceren Budak, "Higher Ground? How Groundtruth Labeling Impacts Our Understanding of Fake News about the 2016 U.S. Presidential Nominees", in proceedings, ICWSM (2020). Download

Lia Bozarth, Anmol Panda, Joyojeet Pal, "From Greetings to Corruption: Politicians, Political Parties, and Tweeting in India", in proceedings, ICTD (2020) Download

Lia Bozarth, Joyojeet Pal, "Twitter Discourse as a Lens into Politicians' Interest in Technology and Development", in proceedings, ICTDX (2018). Download

Lia Bozarth, Ceren Budak, "Is Slacktivism Underrated? Measuring the Value of Slacktivists for Online Social Movements", in proceedings, ICWSM (2017). Download

Awards, Articles, and In the Press

Robert Bond, Lia Bozarth, Ceren Budak, Kelly Garrett, Jason Jones, Drew Margolin, "The Case for Studying Obscure Falsehoods." Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review (2021)

Lia Bozarth, Ceren Budak, "Profit for You and Me: Exploring Ad Servers on Fake News Sites", best poster for the category "Most Likely to Make a Societal Impact", MIDAS Data Symposium (2019) Award Link

Lia Bozarth, Ceren Budak, “A Large-scale Study of Social Movement Organizations (SMOs) in Online Movements”, best poster honorable mention, MIDAS TweetCon (2019)

Joyojeet Pal, Lia Bozarth, "How Modi lost his mojo and Rahul roared to life on Twitter", Quartz (2018). Article Link

Joyojeet Pal, Lia Bozarth, "Is Tweeting in Indian Languages Helping Politicians Widen Their Reach?", Economic and Political Weekly (2018). Download

Manuscripts Under Review

Lia Bozarth, Ceren Budak, "Keyword Expansion Techniques for Mining Social Movement Data on Social Media"

Chris Quarles, Lia Bozarth “How the Term 'White Privilege' Affects Online Communication"

Ceren Budak, Robert Bond, Lia Bozarth, Kelly Garrett, Jason Jones, Drew Margolin, “Bursts of Co-publication Among High and Low Credibility Online News Publishers Observed on Facebook”

Academic Service

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) at University of Michigan

Coordinator for the Computational Social Science Methods (CSSM) Reading Group at UMSI

Served as facilitator for SI's LGBTQ student group.

Served as a student representative within the Student Life and Academic Affairs subcommittees in Rackham Student Government at the University level.