Josephine “Jo” Lukito is a Mass Communication Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She studies the relationship between international relations and political discourse, with a focus on the interaction between news media, social media, and government or politicians’ rhetoric. Methodologically, Jo specializes in combing computational sociolinguistic techniques (e.g., natural language processing, text-as-data) with qualitative and traditional quantitative data.
Jo’s ongoing work examines Russian IRA troll disinformation, U.S. news coverage about global trade, and political cross-platform activity between news and social media. She has published in academic journals such as Political Communication and International Journal of Press/Politics and popular media like Vox and Quartz. Jo holds Ph.D. minors in English linguistics and political science. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Communication from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her M.A. in Media Studies from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.