Photo credits: Jessica Schmidt

Photo credits: Jessica Schmidt

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Josephine ("Jo") Lukito is a Ph.D student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She studies linguistic phenomena in political communication over time, focusing on economic and foreign policy issues. Jo specializes in computational and quantitative methods analyzing mass communicated text, including corpus and computational linguistics, natural language processing, human and automated content analysis, and text-as-data strategies. She holds Ph.D minors in English Language & Linguistics and Political Science (methodology & IR).

Jo’s past studies include a frame analysis of China in U.S. opinion articles, a content analysis studying the linguistic integroup bias as applied to countries, a comparative linguistic analysis of different social movements, and time series analyses of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Her ongoing work looks at Russian disinformation texts on social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook) and its amplification by news organizations. Her research has been featured in Columbia Journalism Review, and was referenced in Robert Mueller’s 2018 report (p. 27).

In addition to leading the disinformation research team, Jo is also the student lead of the MCRC research group and the Computational Methods research group in the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is also the Student and Early Scholar Representative for the International Communication Association.

Jo received her B.A. in Political Science and Communication at the State University of New York, Geneseo, where she also published her first paper. She received her M.A. in Media Studies at the Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse University. A version of her thesis, "Linguistic Abstractness as a Discursive Microframe: LCM Framing in International Reporting by American News Media," received the second top student paper award at the 2015 Association in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference. 

When she is not working, Jo enjoys reading fiction books, creating memes, watching Doctor Who, and baking. She is originally from New York City.


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Photo Credit: Laura Chang

Photo Credit: Laura Chang