MA Teaching Fellow, Computational Social Science

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Pedro Alberto Arroyo is a postdoctoral Social Sciences Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology and the College. In his work, Pedro uses computational methods to examine public discourse related to political authority and group identity. In his dissertation, Pedro examined British party manifestos to map the political discourse surrounding the 2014 Scottish independence referendum and the 2016 Brexit vote. By identifying where the discourse splinters and congeals, the study demonstrates that moments of high conflict can also serve to reinforce bridging political frames. For example, the research presented in the dissertation illustrated that competing parties, even when diametrically opposed on policy, can nevertheless reinforce common political registers. This, in turn, can produce circumstances where parties unwittingly lend support to opponents. This is because parties can control their discursive participation but not the broader context within which that discourse plays out. Ultimately, the dissertation highlights the centrality of contingency.

Pedro has experience overseeing students' research at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Public Policy major and MACSS program, respectively. His areas of interest include organizational analysis, sovereignty and inter-state interactions, as well as the development of shared frames. A former middle school teacher, Pedro holds a BA in sociology from Tufts University, a Masters of Education from Boston University, and a PhD in sociology from UChicago.