Lia C Bozarth

3rd Year PhD student at University of Michigan, School of Information (UMSI)

Short Biography

Hi, I'm Lia. I grew up in the West Coast and earned my bachelors in computer science from the University of Washington, Seattle. Post undergrad, I worked in the industry (Amazon & Google) as a software engineer for a few years. I'm currently a 3rd year doctoral candidate at University of Michigan, School of Information. My advisor is Ceren Budak.

Contact Information
Email: lbozarth AT umich DOT edu

Research Interest

I'm interested in applying computational methods to study and address pitfalls and safeguards in online political communications.


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

In Progress

Lia Bozarth, Anmol Panda, Joyojeet Pal, “From Greetings to Corruption: Politicians, Political Parties, and Tweeting in India. Download

Lia Bozarth, Aparajita Saraf, Ceren Budak, “Higher Ground? How Groundtruth Labeling Impacts Our Understanding of the Spread of Fake News During the 2016 Election”. Download

Lia Bozarth, Ceren Budak, “Lay it Out: Detecting of Fake News Publishers through Website Structure Data”. Download

Lia Bozarth, Ceren Budak, “Beyond the Eye-Catchers: a Large-Scale Study of Social Movement Organizations' Involvement in Online Protests”. Download

In the Press

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

Academic Service

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) at University of Michigan

Coordinator for the Computational Social Science Reading Group at the department level

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.