Matthew R. DeVerna

About Matt

Matt is an Informatics PhD candidate at Indiana University studying complex networks and systems. Currently, he works in Dr. Filippo Menczer's research group, Networks and agents Networks, and with the Observatory on Social Media. He is broadly interested in computational social science with a focus on social media dynamics, the spread of information online, and curbing the spread of misinformation.


Peer-reviewed publications

  1. Matthew R. DeVerna, Andy Guess, Adam Berinsky, Joshua Tucker, and John Jost

    Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 2022.
  2. Francesco Pierri, Matthew R. DeVerna, Brea L. Perry, Kai-Cheng Yang, Alessandro Flammini, Filippo Menczer, and John Bryden

    Scientific Reports. 2022.
  3. Matthew R. DeVerna, Francesco Pierri, Bao Tran Truong, John Bollenbacher, David Axelrod, Niklas Loynes, Christopher Torres-Lugo, Kai-Cheng Yang, Filippo Menczer, and John Bryden

    Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media. 2021.

Circulated working papers

  • Matthew R. DeVerna, Rachith Aiyappa, Diogo Pacheco, John Bryden, and Filippo Menczer

  • Francesco Pierri, Matthew R. DeVerna, Kai-Cheng Yang, David Axelrod, John Bryden, and Filippo Menczer


2022 Publication Rumors in Retweet: Ideological Asymmetry in the Failure to Correct Misinformation was published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
2022 Preprint Identification and characterization of misinformation superspreaders on social media
2022 Preprint One year of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on Twitter
2022 General Had a wonderful conversation on the Misinformation in Science and Society (MISS) YouTube Channel
2022 General Co-organized the third annual Cyber Social Threats workshop at ICWSM
2022 Award Information Disorder Prize Competition (Aspen Tech Policy Hub): Semi-finalist ($5,000)
2022 Talk Invited as a speaker for the Hacking Online Virality event at the University of Minnesota's Learning Informatics Lab
2022 Publication Online misinformation is linked to early COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy and refusal was published in Scientific Reports
2022 Tool Created a Python package called py_misinfo_exposure to calculate a Twitter user's misinformation-exposure score (based on Mosleh and Rand, 2021)
2021 Talk Invited to give a demonstration of osometweet on Twitter's official Twitch channel (Jupyter notebook; this notebook may be outdated if the package is updated).
2021 Tool Released the first version of osometweet — a Python package designed for academics to access Twitter's V2 API
2021 Talk Invited as a speaker for the Knight Research Network Tool Demonstration Day
2021 Talk Accepted by the Networks Conference to give a presentation about identifying superspreaders of misinformation on Twitter
2021 Talk Invited to give a demonstration of CoVaxxy at ICWSM
2021 Publication CoVaxxy: A Collection of English Language Twitter Posts about COVID-19 Vaccines was published in the ICWSM proceedings
2021 Tool Released CoVaxxy — a web-based data visualization dashboard for visualizing the relationship between (mis)information and vaccine adoption in the United States
2021 Talk Gave a presentation about my research for the Computer and Information Ethics course at Indiana University
2020 General Joined the IU Graduate Professional Student Government as a representative for the Informatics program (PhD)
2020 General Awarded a Knight Research Fellowship
2020 General Began working with the Observatory on Social Media and Dr. Filippo Menczer's research group, Networks and Agents Networks
2020 General Accepted by Indiana University's Informatics PhD program (Complex Networks and Systems track)! 🕺🏻
2020 General Graduated from NYU with General Psychology MA
2020 Award Masters Research Award, New York University ($500)

Contact me

I would love to hear from anyone who is interested in:

  • talking about my research
  • collaborating on a project
  • speaking to me about really anything at all 😎
I will be most accessible via email — mdeverna[at]iu[.]edu — but you can also feel free to message me on Twitter.