VIDEO RESEARCH WORKSHOPS
Join leading scholars as they demonstrate a range of analysis techniques and methodologies for video and audio gleaned from the over 273,000 hours of content in the C-SPAN Video Library.
These free workshops are hosted by the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement (CCSE) and Advanced Methods at Purdue (AMAP)
How has ChatGPT changed the way we study political texts?
ChatGPT has received a lot of attention in the media. In this workshop, we will see how models like ChatGPT can be used to better understand political texts, like the words that are uttered on C-SPAN.
Bryce J. Dietrich is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and research scholar at the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement (CCSE). His research uses novel quantitative, automated, and machine learning methods to analyze non-traditional data sources such as audio (or speech) data and video data. These methods are used to understand the causes and consequences of non-verbal cues, such as vocal inflections and walking trajectories, especially as they relate to elite political behavior.
His work has appeared in the Nature, American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Political Analysis, and Political Psychology. This work has also received grant support from major organizations, like NIH and NSF, and has been covered by popular outlets like NPR, BBC, The Economist, The Washington Post, and FiveThirtyEight. Finally, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and was recently a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School and Northeastern University.
Computer-Assisted Content Analysis with LIWC
Associate Professor Jennifer Hoewe of the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University will explain how to conduct computer-assisted content analysis using Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC). LIWC is a text analysis software used to quantify data with existing or self-made dictionaries and their associated variables. Using data collected from the C-SPAN Video Library, she will illustrate how to input and analyze text using LIWC.
Jennifer Hoewe (Ph.D., Penn State University) is an associate professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. She studies media psychology and political communication. Specifically, her research program focuses on how political issues and groups of people are depicted in media content and how those depictions influence media consumers, particularly in terms of their cognitive processing, their attitudes, and their own identity. She is the former head of the Communication Theory and Methodology Division of AEJMC. Additionally, she is the founder and director of the Media and Politics (MaP) Research Group at Purdue. She also holds a courtesy appointment in Purdue’s Department of Political Science, and she is a member of the CCSE Advisory Committee.
Lillian Cheeks (UCLA) and Felicia Roberts (Purdue University) will provide a brief introduction to the analytic approach of Conversation Analysis, a methodology uniquely suited to studying recorded interactions, such as those housed in the C-SPAN archives. The presentation will highlight Cheeks’ current research using C-SPAN archival material to compare the confirmation hearings of Associate Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas (1991) and Ketanji Brown Jackson (2022).
Lillian Cheeks, Doctoral student, UCLA, Department of Sociology.
Lillian’s interests include race, conversation analysis, political sociology, and medical sociology. She uses a racial lens to study social interaction in various institutions ranging from Senate confirmation hearings to doctor-patient interactions.
Felicia Roberts, Professor, Brian Lamb School of Communication
Dr. Roberts’ primary interest is conversation analysis, understanding the coordinated verbal and nonverbal practices that construct everyday and institutional life. Her research crosses contexts from doctor-patient encounters to parent-child interaction, to veterinarians managing people’ and their pets.