A Tweeted History of the 2019 Argentine Election: It's not fake news if we believe the thread


Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 12:00pm


CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Ernesto Calvo, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland-College Park
Moderator: Fernando Bizzarro, PhD student, Department of Government; Graduate Student Associate, DRCLAS

Social networks are today the primary source of political content among the unsteadily informed voters of Latin America. Much of the content, produced and published by traditional news organizations, caters to communities of partisans who activate posts among their peers. In this presentation, Ernesto Calvo provides a tweeted version of network activation, and describes one out of several possible 2019 roads to the Argentine Pink House. Alternating facts, theories, and fiction, the presentation introduces readers to new debates in political communication that shed some light on the 2019 presidential election.

Ernesto Calvo (PhD, Northwestern University 2001) is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Government and Politics (GVPT), University of Maryland-College Park. His research on political representation, elections, and Congresses, has received the Lawrence Longley Award, the Leubbert Award, and the Michael Wallerstein award from the Representation Section,  the Comparative Politics section, and the Political Economy section of the American Political Science Association. He is the author of Legislator Success in Fragmented Congresses in Argentina (Cambridge U.P: 2014) and La nueva poltica de Partidos (Prometeo: 2005). His work has been published in US, European, and Latin American journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, World Politics, The British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, Poltica y Gobierno (Mexico), Desarrollo Econmico (Argentina), Opiniao Publica (Brazil), and the Revista de Ciencia Politica (Chile).

Fernando Bizzarro is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard and a Graduate Student Associate to the DRCLAS. A political scientist from Brazil, he researches the nature, causes, and consequences of democracy and political parties in Latin America.

The Tuesday Seminar Series is a bring your own brown bag lunch series. Please feel free to enjoy your lunch at the lecture, drinks will be provided.