I am an Assistant 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 (2013). I also studied at Arizona State University, where I graduated with an M.A. in political science (2007) and a B.A. in political science (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.

For more detailed information about my professional background please see my CV and here is a link to my Google Scholar profile.


Published Work

  1. Bond, Robert M. Contagion in social attitudes about prejudice.  Social Influence 13 (2): 104-116 (2018). [Supplementary Information]
  2. Jones, Jason J., Robert M. Bond, Eytan Bakshy, Dean Eckles, and James H. FowlerSocial influence and political mobilization: Further evidence from a randomized experiment in the 2012 US presidential election.  PLoS One 12 (4): e0173851. (2017). [Supplementary Information]
  3. Bond, Robert M. Complex Networks: Network Healing After LossNature Human Behavior 1. (2017).
  4. Bond, Robert M., Volha Chykina, and Jason J. JonesSocial network effects on academic achievement.  The Social Science Journal 54 (4): 438-449 (2017).
  5. Bond, Robert M., and Brad J. BushmanThe contagious spread of violence among US adolescents through social networks.  American Journal of Public Health 107 (2): 288-294 (2017). [Supplementary Information]
  6. Bond, Robert M., Jaime E. Settle, Christopher J. Fariss, Jason J. Jones, and James H. FowlerSocial Endorsement Cues and Political Participation.  Political Communication 34 (2): 261-281 (2016).
  7. 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 EngagementPolitical Science Research & Methods 4 (2): 361-378 (2016).
  8. 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).
  9. 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 ProcedurePLoS One 8 (2):e55760 (February 2013).
  10. Jones, Jason J., Jaime E. Settle, Robert M. Bond, Christopher J. Fariss, Cameron Marlow, and James H. Fowler. Inferring Tie Strength from Online Directed BehaviorPLoS One 8 (1):e52168 (January 2013).
  11. Bond, Robert M., Christopher J. FarissJason J. Jones, Adam D. I. Kramer, Cameron MarlowJaime Settle and James H. Fowler.  A 61-Million-Person Experiment in Social Influence and Political MobilizationNature 489: 295-298 (13 September 2012).  [Supplementary Information] [Commentary]
  12. Settle, Jaime E., Robert M. Bond and Justin Levitt. The Social Origins of Adult Political Behavior,  American Politics Research  39 (2): 239-263 (March 2011).


Working papers

  1. Political homophily in a large-scale online communication network (with Matthew D. Sweitzer)
  2. Social network determinants of screen time in adolescents
  3. Down to a r/science: Integrating computational approaches to the study of communication on Reddit (with Austin Hubner, Jessica McKnight, and Matthew D. Sweitzer)
  4. Social identity theory versus the contact hypothesis: Does having a political discussion help or hurt intergroup perceptions? (with Hillary Shulman and Michael Gilbert)
  5. The Strategic Presentation of User Comments Affects How Political Messages Are Evaluated on Social Media Sites: Evidence for Robust Effects Across Party Lines (with David DeAndrea and Megan A. Vendemia)
  6. The Impact of a Presidential Debate on Candidate Evaluations
  7. High-impact altruistic punishment promotes cooperation cascades in human social networks