The Shorenstein Center publishes reports and papers written by fellows, affiliated researchers, and faculty that examine themes associated with our core research initiatives. Papers by former fellows have added significantly to the body of research on the intersections of media, politics, and public policy.

The Shorenstein Center has had more than 300 Fellows since 1986, and nearly all of the papers they wrote at the Center can be found in our Research Archives.

For information about our current research projects, which are large-scale research endeavors lead by resident scholars and faculty at the Center, visit the Programs section of our website. You can also learn about our fellowships and faculty to learn more about the independent research happening at the Center.

Behavioral Decision Science, Faculty Research, News Business & Practice, Publications,
Reading dies in complexity: Online news consumers prefer simple writing
June 5, 2024
The following are excerpts from a new peer-reviewed journal article published June 5, 2024 in Science Advances. Abstract Over 30,000 field experiments...
Discussion Papers, Public Interest Technology, Publications, Tech Policy,
The CLeAR Documentation Framework for AI Transparency: Recommendations for Practitioners & Context for Policymakers
May 21, 2024
Authors Kasia Chmielinski* (Data Nutrition Project & Harvard University) Sarah Newman* (Data Nutrition Project & Harvard University) Chris N. Kranzinger*...
Campaigns, Elections & Parties, Discussion Papers, News Business & Practice, Politics & Government, Prizes & Lectures, Public Interest Journalism, Publications, Uncategorized,
The Presidency Above the Campaign
February 6, 2024
CBS News Prime Time anchor John Dickerson, who has covered eight presidential candidates in his career as a political journalist, gave the Theodore H....
Discussion Papers, Disinformation, Public Interest Technology, Publications, Tech Policy,
Case Study: Integrity or Influence? Facebook’s Governance Trade-offs in India and the Power of the Press
November 28, 2023
Disclaimer: This is a working paper of the Democracy and Internet Governance Project at the Shorenstein Center. As a working paper it represents research...
Discussion Papers, Disinformation, Public Interest Technology, Publications, Tech Policy,
Case Study on Online Youth Harms – Project Daisy
November 28, 2023
Disclaimer: This is a working paper, and hence it represents research in progress. This paper represents the opinions of the authors and is the product...
Commentary, Faculty Research, Public Interest Technology, Publications,
GPTs, software engineering, and a new age of hacking
August 16, 2023
ChatGPT and other natural language models have recently sparked considerable intrigue and unease. Governments and businesses are increasingly acknowledging...
Discussion Papers, Journalistic Practice, Public Interest Journalism, Publications,
Journalism Maybe
August 8, 2023
Kathy Gannon was a Joan Shorenstein Fellow for the 2022 fall semester at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. For 35 years she...
Computational Policy, Faculty Research, Publications,
The Disparate Impacts of College Admissions Policies on Asian American Applicants
August 7, 2023
Abstract There is debate over whether Asian American students are admitted to selective colleges and universities at lower rates than white students with...
Discussion Papers, Disinformation, Faculty Research, Policy & Issues, Politics & Government, Public Interest Technology, Publications, Tech Policy, Technology,
Towards Digital Platforms and Public Purpose: Final Report of the Democracy and Internet Governance Initiative
July 6, 2023
Executive Summary In an increasingly digital and interconnected world, platforms have emerged as powerful intermediaries that shape our online experiences,...
Behavioral Decision Science, Faculty Research, Publications,
Experimental studies of conflict: Challenges, solutions, and advice to junior scholars
June 28, 2023
The views expressed in Shorenstein Center Discussion Papers are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Harvard Kennedy School or...