I am an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Ohio State University. I received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego in 2013. I also studied at Arizona State University, where I graduated with an M.A. in political science in 2007 and a B.A. in political science in 2006. My core research interest is in political behavior and attitudes, specifically how our social networks influence our political behavior and communication. I use computational methods to understand why people behave as they do, how they communicate, and what the effects of communication are for politics. Much of this core area of research uses big data to study social influence on political behaviors and attitudes, including large-scale field experiments on turnout, and observational work on ideology. In addition to my main areas of work, I have studied the development of political attitudes and behaviors in the social networks of adolescents, social network effects on aggression, and social attitudes about prejudice, using social network techniques. Below you will find links to my published work, working papers, and my coauthors' webpages.
Bond, Robert M. Social network determinants of screen time in adolescents. The Social Science Journal (forthcoming).
Bond, Robert M., and Matthew D. Sweitzer. Political Homophily in a Large-scale Online Communication Network. Communication Research (forthcoming). [Supplementary Information]
Bond, Elizabeth A., and Robert M. Bond. Topic Modelling Eighteenth-Century French Newspapers, in Burrows, Simon and Glenn Roe (Eds.) Digitising Enlightenment: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
Bond, Robert M. Low-cost, high-impact altruistic punishment promotes cooperation cascades in human social networks. Scientific Reports 9: 2061 (14 February 2019). [Supplementary Information]
Vendemia, Megan, Robert M. Bond, and David DeAndrea. The Strategic Presentation of User Comments Affects How Political Messages Are Evaluated on Social Media Sites: Evidence for Robust Effects Across Party Lines. Computers in Human Behavior 91: 279-289 (2019).
Bond, Robert M., Hillary Shulman, and Michael Gilbert. Does Having a Political Discussion Help or Hurt Intergroup Perceptions? Drawing Guidance From Social Identity Theory and the Contact Hypothesis. International Journal of Communication 12: 4332–4352 (2018).
Bond, Robert M., Christopher J. Fariss, Jason J. Jones, and Jaime E. Settle. Network experiments through academic-industry collaboration, in Ahn, Yong Teol and Sune Lehman (Eds.) Complex Spreading Phenomena in Social Systems: Springer (2018).
Jones, Jason J., Robert M. Bond, Eytan Bakshy, Dean Eckles, and James H. Fowler. Social influence and political mobilization: Further evidence from a randomized experiment in the 2012 US presidential election. PLoS One 12 (4): e0173851. (2017). [Supplementary Information]
Bond, Robert M. Complex Networks: Network Healing After Loss. Nature Human Behavior 1 (5): 10.1038/s41562-017-0087. (2017).
Bond, Robert M., and Brad J. Bushman. The contagious spread of violence among US adolescents through social networks. American Journal of Public Health 107 (2): 288-294 (2017). [Supplementary Information]
Bond, Robert M., Jaime E. Settle, Christopher J. Fariss, Jason J. Jones, and James H. Fowler. Social Endorsement Cues and Political Participation. Political Communication 34 (2): 261-281 (2016).
Settle, Jaime E., Robert M. Bond, Lorenzo Coviello, Jason J. Jones, Christopher J. Fariss, James H. Fowler, Adam D.I. Kramer, and Cameron Marlow. From Posting to Voting: The Effects of Political Competition on Online Political Engagement. Political Science Research & Methods 4 (2): 361-378 (2016).
Bond, Robert M., and Solomon Messing. Quantifying Social Media's Political Space: Estimating Ideology from Publicly Revealed Preferences on Facebook. American Political Science Review 109 (1): 62-78 (2015).
Jones, Jason J., Robert M. Bond, Christopher J. Fariss, Jaime E. Settle, Adam D. I. Kramer, Cameron Marlow, and James H. Fowler. Yahtzee: An Anonymized Group Level Matching Procedure, PLoS One 8 (2):e55760 (February 2013).
Jones, Jason J., Jaime E. Settle, Robert M. Bond, Christopher J. Fariss, Cameron Marlow, and James H. Fowler. Inferring Tie Strength from Online Directed Behavior, PLoS One 8 (1):e52168 (January 2013).
Bond, Robert M., Christopher J. Fariss, Jason J. Jones, Adam D. I. Kramer, Cameron Marlow, Jaime Settle and James H. Fowler. A 61-Million-Person Experiment in Social Influence and Political Mobilization, Nature 489: 295-298 (13 September 2012). [Supplementary Information] [Commentary]
Choice Homophily in Political Discussion Networks: Evidence from Formal Dynamic Models of the Selectivity Function (with Matthew D. Sweitzer)
Demonstrating How Ballot Language Difficulty Impacts Metacognition and Vote Choice in the Lab and in Real Elections (with Hillary Shulman, Matthew D. Sweitzer, Jason Coronel, Olivia Bullock, and Shannon Poulsen)
Using eye movements to determine when laboratory findings can be generalized to naturalistic settings: Linguistic features of messages and real-world voting behaviors (with Jason Coronel, Olivia Bullock, Hillary Shulman, Matthew D. Sweitzer, and Shannon Poulsen)