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My research examines the social media behavior of politicians. Using machine learning methods to curate lists of Twitter accounts by class, such as politicians, journalists, influencers, etc, I research temporal and topical patterns of how political communication – including campaign outreach, network alignments, hate speech, and polarization play out online before, during, and after major electoral campaigns. My work is primarily based on Twitter data, using the Twitter academic API to pull amd store tweets of accounts identified through an iterative process of shortlisting handles of interest. Thereafter, we use amix of descriptives and advanced statistical techniques to seek patterns in the data.