Three broad lessons from my recent research:

  1. Regarding collaborative R&D in environmental public policy, coordination failures across countries in the Northeast Asia region have implications for public health, the economy, and the dissemination of R&D.
  2. My media framing-related research shows that most communications about S&T are politicizing, increasing polarization and preventing widespread public agreement.
  3. Communications about politics and science are couched in an extremely complex milieu, specifically online data and the network structures which are embodied in these data. My research focusing on the use of Twitter by our elected officials, the media, and the general public confirms that social media help determine newsworthy content and, in turn, what will likely be on the policy agenda.


Karthik Shivaram, Ping Liu, Matthew Shapiro, Mustafa Bilgic, and Aron Culotta (2022) “Reducing Cross-Topic Political Homogenization in Content-Based News,” Proceedings of the 16th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, 220-228. DOI: 10.1145/3523227.3546782

Lida Kuang, Samruda Pobbathi, Yuri Mansury, Matthew A. Shapiro, and Vijay K. Gurbani (2022) “Predicting age and Gender from Network Telemetry: Implications for Privacy and Impact on Policy,” PLoS ONE, 17(7): e0271714. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0271714

Siva K. Balasubramanian, Mustafa Bilgic, Aron Culotta, Libby Hemphill, Anita Nikolich, and Matthew A. Shapiro (2022) “Leaders or Followers? A Temporal Analysis of Tweets from IRA Trolls,” Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM ’22), Menlo Park: AAAI Press. DOI: 10.1609/icwsm.v16i1.19267

Matthew A. Shapiro, Toby Bolsen, Yungwook Kim (2022) “Air Pollution in Northeast Asia: Can Framing of Public Messages Influence Beliefs and Attributions?” Air Pollution in Northeast Asia: Can Framing of Public Messages Influence Beliefs and Attributions?” Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 44(1): 26-46. DOI: 10.1080/23276665.2021.1925133

Matthew A. Shapiro and Masaru Yarime (2021) “Effects of National Affiliations and International Collaboration on Scientific Findings: The Case of Transboundary Air Pollution in Northeast Asia,” Environmental Science and Policy, 118: 71-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2021.01.005

Ping Liu, Karthik Shivaram, Aron Culotta, Matthew A. Shapiro, Mustafa Bilgic (2021) “The Interaction between Political Typology and Filter Bubbles in News Recommendation Algorithms,” Proceedings of the Web Conference 2021 (WWW ’21), New York: ACM Press.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2020) “Next-Generation Battery Research and Development: Non-politicized Science at the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research,” Energy Policy, 145: 111771. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111771

Steve Hung Lam Yim, Yefu Gu, Matthew A. Shapiro, and Brent Stephens (2019) “Air Quality and Acid Deposition Impacts of Local Emissions and Transboundary Air Pollution in Japan and South Korea,” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19: 13309-13323. DOI: 10.5194/acp-19-11309-2019

Vinesh Kannan, Matthew A. Shapiro, and Mustafa Bilgic (2019) “Hindsight Analysis of the Chicago Food Inspection Forecasting Model,” Proceedings of the AAAI Fall Symposium Series (FSS) 2019: Artificial Intelligence in Government and Public Sector, Arlington, Virginia, USA. arXiv:1910.04906v1

Libby Hemphill and Matthew A. Shapiro (2019) “Appealing to the Base or to the Moveable Middle? Incumbents’ Partisan Messaging Before the 2016 U.S. Congressional ElectionsJournal of Information Technology and Politics, 16(4): 325-341. DOI: 10.1080/19331681.2019.1651685

Matthew A. Shapiro and Toby Bolsen (2019) “Korean Perceptions of Transboundary Air Pollution and Domestic Coal Development: Two Framing Experiments,” Energy Policy, 126: 333-342. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.11.013

Matthew A. Shapiro and Toby Bolsen (2018) “Transboundary Air Pollution in South Korea: An Analysis of Media Frames and Public Attitudes and Behavior,” East Asian Community Review 1(3-4): 107-126. DOI: 10.1057/s42215-018-0009-1

Matthew A. Shapiro, Elizabeth Brunner, and Hui Li (2018) “Strength in Numbers and Voice: An Assessment of the Networking Capacity of Chinese ENGOs,” Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia, 17(2): 147-175. DOI: 10.17477/jcea.2018.17.2.147

Matthew A. Shapiro (2018), “The Triple Helix within the Lithium-Ion Battery Research Network: A Case Study of JCESR,” Translational Materials Research, 5(4): 044001. DOI: 10.1088/2053-1613/aae860

Xanat Vargas Meza, Matthew A. Shapiro, Han Woo Park (2018) “Climate Change Emotions on YouTube: The Case of Before the Flood,'” Journal of the Korean Data Analysis Society, 20(4): 1697-1708. KCI link

Toby Bolsen and Matthew A. Shapiro (2018) “The US News Media, Polarization on Climate Change, and Pathways to Effective Communication” Environmental Communication, 12(2): 149-163. DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2017.1397039

Matthew A. Shapiro and Han Woo Park (2018) “Climate change and YouTube Deliberation Potential in Post video Discussions” Environmental Communication, 12(1): 115-131. DOI: 10.1080/17524032.2017.1289108

Matthew A. Shapiro and Libby Hemphill (2017) “Politicians and the Policy Agenda: Does Use of Twitter by the U.S. Congress Direct New York Times Content?” Policy & Internet, 9(1): 109-132. DOI: 10.1002/poi3.120

Matthew A. Shapiro and Daniel Bliss (2016) “Rewards and Consequences: Redistricting on the Chicago City CouncilLocal Government Studies, 42(1): 139-163. DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2015.1084926

Matthew A. Shapiro and Han Woo Park (2015) “More than Entertainment: YouTube and Public Responses to the Science of Global Warming and Climate ChangeSocial Science Information, 54(1): 115-145. DOI: 10.1177/0539018414554730

Matthew A. Shapiro, Libby Hemphill, Jahna Otterbacher, and Han Woo Park (2015) “Twitter and Political Communication in Korea: Are Members of the Assembly Doing What They Say?” Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences, 6(3): 281-301. DOI

Matthew A. Shapiro (2014) “Establishing ‘Green Regionalism’: Environmental Technology Generation across East Asia and BeyondJournal of Contemporary Eastern Asia, 13(2): 41-56. DOI: 10.17477/jcea.2014.13.2.041

Matthew A. Shapiro (2014) “Regionalism’s Challenge to the Pollution Haven Hypothesis: A Study of Northeast Asia and China,” The Pacific Review, 27(1): 27-47. DOI: 10.1080/09512748.2013.788067

Toby Bolsen, Thomas J. Leeper, and Matthew A. Shapiro (2014) “Doing What Others Do: Norms, Science, and Collective Action on Global Warming,” American Politics Research, 42(1): 65-89. DOI: 10.1177/1532673X13484173

Matthew Haigh and Matthew A. Shapiro (2013) “Do Environmental Policy Instruments Influence Fiduciaries’ Decisions?,” Environment & Planning A, 45(4): 853-871. DOI: 10.1068/a45181

Libby Hemphill, Jahna Otterbacher, and Matthew A. Shapiro (2013) “What’s Congress Doing on Twitter?Proceedings of the 2013 ACM conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW, New York: ACM Press.

Jahna Otterbacher, Libby Hemphill, and Matthew A. Shapiro (2013) “Interacting or Just Acting: A Case Study of European, Korean, and American Politicians’ Interactions with the Public on Twitter,” Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia, 12(1): 5-20. DOI: 10.17477/jcea.2013.12.1.005

Matthew A. Shapiro and Jeffrey B. Nugent (2012) “Institutions and the Sources of Innovation: The Determinants and Effects of International R&D Collaboration,” International Journal of Public Policy, 8(4-6): 230-250. DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2012.048715

Matthew A. Shapiro (2012) “Receiving Information at Korean and Taiwanese Universities, Industry, and GRIs,” Scientometrics, 90(1): 289-309. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-011-0501-z

Matthew A. Shapiro and with Han Woo Park (2012) “Regional Development in South Korea: Accounting for Research Area in Centrality and Networks,” Scientometrics, 90(1): 271-287. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-011-0498-3

Matthew Haigh and Matthew A. Shapiro (2012) “Carbon Reporting: Does It Matter?,” Accounting, Auditing, and Accountability Journal, 25(1): 105-125. DOI: 10.1108/09513571211191761

Matthew A. Shapiro and Keenan Gottschall (2011) “Northeast Asian Environmentalism – Policies as a Function of ENGOs,” Asian Politics and Policy, 3(4): 551-567. DOI: 10.1111/j.1943-0787.2011.01293.x

Matthew A. Shapiro, Han Woo Park, and Min-Ho So (2010) “Quantifying the National Innovation System: Inter-regional Collaboration Networks in South Korea,” Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 22(7): 845-857. DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2010.511158

Matthew A. Shapiro (2009) “Korea’s Environmental Sustainability Leadership in East Asia and Beyond,” Korea Observer 40(4): 735-762. DOI

Matthew A. Shapiro (2008) “The Triple Helix Paradigm in Korea: A Test for New Forms of Capital,” International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development 6(3) 171-191. DOI: 10.1386/ijtm.6.3.171_1

Chapters & reports

Matthew A. Shapiro (2019) “Transboundary Air Pollution in Northeast Asia and Lessons from North America,” Global Asia 14(4): 8-13.

Matthew A. Shapiro, Toby Bolsen, and Anna McCaghren Fleming (2018) “Communicating About Clean Energy and Efficiency Policies,” in Matthew C. Nisbet, Shirley S. Ho, Ezra Markowitz, Saffron O’Neill, Mike S. Schafer, and Jagdish Thaker’s (Eds)  Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Seok Kang, Seungahn Nah, and Matthew A. Shapiro (2018) “Political Communication,” in Kyu Ho Youm and Nojim Kwak’s (Eds) Korean Communication, Media, and Culture: An Annotated Bibliography, Lanham: Lexington Books.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2018) “China-based Air Pollution and Epistemic Community Building in the Northeast Asian Region,” in Michelle Ann Miller, Mike Douglass, and Matthias Garschagen’s (Eds) Crossing Borders: Governing Environmental Disasters in a Global Urban Age in Asia and the Pacific, New York and Heidelberg: Springer.

Toby Bolsen and Matthew A. Shapiro (2017) “Strategic Framing and Persuasive Messaging to Influence Climate Change Perceptions and Decisions,”  in Matthew C. Nisbet, Shirley S. Ho, Ezra Markowitz, Saffron O’Neill, Mike S. Schafer, and Jagdish Thaker’s (Eds) Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Matthew A. Shapiro, Libby Hemphill, and Jahna Otterbacher (2017) “Pussyfooting around November? A Longitudinal Analysis of Politicians’ Twitter Use in 2014,” in Chris Galdieri, Tauna Sisco, and Jennifer Lucas’s (Eds) Political Communication & Strategy: Consequences of the 2014 Midterm Elections, Akron: University of Akron Press.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2016) Transboundary Air Pollution in Northeast Asia: The Political Economy of Yellow Dust, Particulate Matter, and PM2.5, KEI Academic Paper Series.

Matt Lithgow and Matthew A. Shapiro (2015) Recycling Policies in Chicago and Beyond: Failures in Information Collection and Provision, Chicago Recycling Coalition White Paper.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2014) “Recycling: The Politics, the Science, and the Technology,” in Brent S. Steel’s (Ed.) Science and Politics: An A-to-Z Guide to Issues and Controversies, Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2012) “Long-Run Protection: Determining Key Features of Growth and Sustainability in Northeast Asia,” in Jorg Mahlich and Werner Pascha’s (Eds) Korean Science and Technology in an International Perspective, New York and Heidelberg: Springer.

Matthew A. Shapiro (2007) “Public-Private R&D Collaboration in Korea: A Survey of Public Sector Institutes,” in Jorg Mahlich and Werner Pascha’s (Eds) Technology and Innovation in Korea, New York and Heidelberg: Springer.