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Protest. Photo credit: Aya Shoshan



May 2, 2024

We updated our R package on multilevel latent class analysis, available on the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN). At the date of this update, the package has already been downloaded 4,568 times! To access the package:

Di Mari, R., Lyrvall, J., Bakk, Z., Oser, J., & Kuha, J. (2024). multilevLCA: Estimates and Plots Single-Level and Multilevel Latent Class Models. CRAN, version 1.5.1, published 2024-05-02. 

To access the version 2 guide to this package:

Lyrvall, J., Di Mari, R., Bakk, Z., Oser, J., & Kuha, J. (2024). multilevLCA: An R package for single-level and multilevel latent class analysis with covariates.  [v2] Wed, 10 Apr 2024. arXiv:2305.07276v1.


May 1, 2024

Jenny launched her second semester course "Representation: A Research Dialog with Leading International Scholars," which includes a webinar series that is co-facilitated by students in the course. In addition to Ben-Gurion University students at the BA, MA, and PhD level, we are pleased to welcome graduates students as committed auditors from several Israeli universities. We are proud that this course was selected as a grant recipient from BGU's "Teaching Center" to support innovative teaching. See our webinars page for the zoom link, speakers list, and videos from prior webinars. 


Apr 4-7, 2024

At the Midwest Political Science Association Annual conference, PRD researchers presented several papers online in hybrid panels:

-Shoshan, A. & Oser, J. "Social Media and Social Movements: Visualizing the Scholarly Landscape"

-Castro, F., Oser, J., Feitosa, F., & Grinberg, N. "External Cues and Policy Preferences: Rethinking the Drivers of Policy Positions"

-Rincon, L. & Oser, J. "From the Streets to the Seats: The Political Influence of Feminist Activism"  


February 6-13, 2024

Jesper and Jenny presented their co-authored research on participation and policy implementation at Gothenburg University's annual conference of the Gothenburg Research Group on Elections, Public Opinion and Political Behavior (GEPOP, February 6-7); and Jenny presented her co-authored research on participation types using latent class analysis in Gothenburg's GEPOP seminar (February 13). 


February 8, 2024

Francisca presented co-authored research in the 2024 APSA Virtual Research Meeting on how external cues - including from former President Trump and social peers - affect individuals’ policy positions.

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February 1, 2024

Johan began his research visit (February - August 2024) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he is conducting research on direct effects in multilevel latent class modelling with covariates under the supervision of Dr. Jouni Kuha.


January 11, 2024

PRD's first newsletter included an introduction of our inaugural research team and new website, along with links to our recent publications and first semester webinar series. Click HERE to read it!


December 18, 2023

Johan presented research on the development of an R package multilevLCA for multilevel latent class analysis.

Lyrvall, J., Di Mari, R., Bakk, Z., Oser, J., & Kuha, J. (2023). multilevLCA: An R package for single-level and multilevel latent class analysis with covariates. CMStatistics. Berlin, Germany.


December 7-10, 2023

Jenny enjoyed a Guest Professor research stay at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, invited by Prof. Swen Hutter. The position supports collaborative exchanges with WZB researchers during a two-week research stay, to be continued in June 2024.


December 2023

Jenny was invited to serve as an Editorial Board Member of Political Communication, a leading journal in the fields of political science and communication. Her term of service in this role is from January 2024 - December 2027.


September 2023 - January 2024

Johan conducted research at Leiden University as a Visiting PhD researcher in the Methodology and Statistics Unit under the supervision of PRD Senior Researcher Prof. Zsuzsa Bakk. Among several research talks Johan gave during this stay, he gave a departmental seminar on a solo-authored working paper titled "The impact of classification error underestimation in bias-adjusted three-step latent class modeling."

Dr. Jesper Lindqvist

September 2023

As Jesper completes his work as a research associate with Prof. Mikael Persson and Prof. Anders Sundell at Gothenburg University which informs his PRD postdoctoral role, his research has been presented in several conferences, including: 

Lindqvist, J., Persson, M., Schakel, W., & Sundell, A. (2023). Poor choices? Examining the link between party choice and unequal opinion-policy congruence, European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) General Conference, Prague, Charles University, September 4-8. 

Lindqvist, J., Persson, M., & Sundell, A. (2023). The Effects of Policy Responsiveness. American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, August 31 - September 3.

Dr. Aya Shoshan

September 26, 2023

Aya gave a presentation on lessons from protests in Spain for Israelis.

Shoshan, A. (2023). Building alternatives from within and without: Insights from the Spanish case for protests in Israel. Inter-University Workshop on Political Thought in Israel. The Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, Israel.


September 11, 2023

Aya presented PRD research in a conference on contemporary Israeli protests.

Shoshan, A., & Oser, J. (2023). Social media networks as a tool for political change in Israel: Between the 2011 and 2023 protests. Protest 2023 - Initial Research Dialog. Hybrid, Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa Israel. Online, hybrid format.


August 31, 2023

Jenny presented research in a hybrid panel at the American Political Science Association (APSA) on political exposure on Twitter.

Shamir, A., Oser, J., & Grinberg, N. (2023). Who is curating my feed? Characterizing political exposure of registered U.S. voters on Twitter. American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, Los Angeles (Online, hybrid format).

Prof Jennt Oser

July 10-13, 2023

Jenny’s visiting scholar research stay with Prof. Markus Gangl’s ERC Advanced project POLAR at Goethe University Frankfurt focused on topics of data harmonization, and the connection between economic inequality and electoral turnout.


June 22-24, 2023

Jenny participated in the European Political Science Association (EPSA) annual conference in Glasgow, and presented a conference paper on political participant types.

Oser, J., Di Mari, R., & Bakk, Z. (2023). Political participant types and socio-economic stratification across contexts and over time: A multilevel latent class analysis. European Political Science Association (EPSA) Annual Conference. Glasgow, Scotland.


June 13-20, 2023

Jenny’s visiting scholar research stay at the European Union Institute in Florence Italy, hosted by Prof. Filip Kostelka, included a seminar lecture.

Oser, J. (2023). Participation and representation in the digital age (PRD). Presented at the Seminar Series of the Transnational Democracy in the 21st Century Cluster, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Ohio State

May 9-12, 2023

Jenny presented in a research workshop run by the “Survey Data Recycling Project,” a project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Oser, J. (2023). Investigating participation and representation in the digital age. Workshop on Comparative Analyses Using Multi-Source Databases: Insights from the Survey Data Recycling (SDR) Project, Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio.


May 12, 2023

We posted to arXiv a working paper that presents a guide to our new R package multilevLCA.

Lyrvall, J., Di Mari, R., Bakk, Z., Oser, J., & Kuha, J. (2023). multilevLCA: An R package for single-level and multilevel latent class analysis with covariates. 

Israeli Young academy

May 7, 2023

Jenny was elected as a new member of the Israel Young Academy, which includes distinguished early career scholars in Israel who work to promote Israeli higher education and scholarship. 


During the four years of IYA members (2023-2027), Jenny looks forward to advancing initiatives with IYA colleagues aimed at providing support and training for Humanities and Social Science PI’s of ERC-type grants to thrive as scholars and academic leaders.

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