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.


† equal contribution

Peer-reviewed publications

  1. Rachith Aiyappa, Matthew R. DeVerna, Manita Pote, Bao Tran Truong, Wanying Zhao, David Axelrod, Aria Pessianzadeh, Zoher Kachwala, Munjung Kim, Ozgur Can Seckin, Minsuk Kim, Sunny Gandhi, Amrutha Manikonda, Francesco Pierri, Filippo Menczer, Kai-Cheng Yang

    Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media. 2023.

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

    Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2023.

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

    Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 2022.

  4. Francesco Pierri, Brea L. Perry, Matthew R. DeVerna, Kai-Cheng Yang, Alessandro Flammini, Filippo Menczer, and John Bryden

    Scientific Reports. 2022.
    Listed in Scientific Reports Top 100 most downloaded articles of 2022
    Cited in the 2023 Economic Report of the President

  5. 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

Ongoing projects

  • ChatGPT fact-checking as a misinformation intervention
  • Reconstructing social media cascades to identify misinformation amplifiers


General Our application to host the fourth annual Cyber Social Threats workshop at The Web Conference (2023) was accepted!
General Accepted into the Twitter Developer Student Ambassador Program!
Award Very honored to have been awarded the Best Student Extended Abstract award at MISDOOM 2022! 🎉
Talk I spoke about our work at the Truth and Trust Online conference (TTO) today! Check out some pictures the conference shared on Twitter about my talk here.
Talk I spoke about our work at the Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Disinformation in Open Online Media (MISDOOM) today!
General Spoke as a panelist at NYU about the PhD application process for currently applying MA students
Publication Rumors in Retweet: Ideological Asymmetry in the Failure to Correct Misinformation was published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Preprint Identification and characterization of misinformation superspreaders on social media
Preprint One year of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on Twitter
General Had a wonderful conversation on the Misinformation in Science and Society (MISS) YouTube Channel
General Co-organized the third annual Cyber Social Threats workshop at ICWSM
Award Information Disorder Prize Competition (Aspen Tech Policy Hub): Semi-finalist ($5,000)
Talk Invited as a speaker for the Hacking Online Virality event at the University of Minnesota's Learning Informatics Lab
Publication Online misinformation is linked to early COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy and refusal was published in Scientific Reports
Tool Created a Python package called py_misinfo_exposure to calculate a Twitter user's misinformation-exposure score (based on Mosleh and Rand, 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).
Tool Released the first version of osometweet — a Python package designed for academics to access Twitter's V2 API
Talk Invited as a speaker for the Knight Research Network Tool Demonstration Day (CoVaxxy)
Talk Invited by the ACHA CoVAC Initiative to speak at the Managing COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation on Campus webinar
Talk Accepted by the Networks Conference to give a presentation about identifying superspreaders of misinformation on Twitter
Talk Invited to give a demonstration of CoVaxxy at ICWSM
Publication CoVaxxy: A Collection of English Language Twitter Posts about COVID-19 Vaccines was published in the ICWSM proceedings
Tool Released CoVaxxy — a web-based data visualization dashboard for visualizing the relationship between (mis)information and vaccine adoption in the United States
Talk Gave a presentation about my research for the Computer and Information Ethics course at Indiana University

General Joined the IU Graduate Professional Student Government as a representative for the Informatics program (PhD)
General Awarded a Knight Research Fellowship
General Began working with the Observatory on Social Media and Dr. Filippo Menczer's research group, Networks and Agents Networks
General Accepted by Indiana University's Informatics PhD program (Complex Networks and Systems track)! 🕺🏻
General Graduated from NYU with General Psychology MA
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.