Yphtach Lelkes, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor of Communication
Yph Lelkes studies the structure, dynamics, and causes of political attitudes, with a particular emphasis in polarization and American politics. His work lies at the intersection of public opinion, political psychology, and political communication.
Yphtach (Yph) Lelkes is an Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication. He studies public opinion, political psychology, and political communication.
His interests lie at the intersection of political communication, public opinion, and political psychology. In the broadest sense, he is interested in the antecedents, structure, and consequences of citizens’ political attitudes. He has focused on three, often overlapping, research questions: (1) What are the roots, structure, and consequences of affective polarization? (2) What is the impact of changes to the information environment on political attitudes? (3) What are the psychological underpinning and structure of political belief systems?
His work appears in top field journals in Communication (Journal of Communication, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication), Political Science (American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics), Psychology (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology), as well as general interest journals (PNAS, Nature Human Behavior).
He takes a problem- rather than methods-based approach to social science. As such, he regularly employ traditional methods (such as surveys, lab & field experiments, and quasi-experiments) as well as more computationally intensive methods (using, e.g., geographic data, huge administrative datasets, and automated text analysis).
He is also the director of the Democracy and Information Group, where he explores these and related issues.
Before joining the University of Pennsylvania, he was faculty at the Amsterdam School of Communication. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Lelkes is a faculty affiliate at the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics and a fellow at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research. He also holds a secondary appointment in the Penn Political Science department.
- B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
- M.A., Temple University, 2008
- Ph.D., Stanford University, 2012
"Interindividual cooperation mediated by partisanship complicates Madison’s cure for 'mischiefs of faction'." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 2021.
- COMM 1130 (formerly 113) Data Science for Beginners
- COMM 4310 (formerly 431) Is Public Opinion the Voice of the People?
- COMM 4410 (formerly 441) The Impact of the Internet, Social Media, and Information Technology on Democracy
- COMM 5220 (formerly 522) Introduction to Communication Research
- COMM 5250 (formerly 525) Introduction to Political Communication
- COMM 8010 (formerly 801) Filter Bubbles, Long Tails, & Information Cascades: Methodology for a Fragmented Media Environment
- COMM 8550 (formerly 855) Polarization and Partisan Discord
An analysis of 10 years of cable TV news reveals a growing partisan gap as networks like Fox and MSNBC have shifted to the right or the left of the political spectrum, especially in their primetime programming.