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Sumer Vaid

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Sumer Vaid

American Democracy Graduate Fellows


Sumer S. Vaid is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, where he specializes in Media Psychology. His research uses computational tools to examine the interactions of minds and digital technologies, with a specific focus on new media use, personality dynamics and psychological wellbeing. His research at the Center for American Democracy examines the psychological characteristics that predispose individuals to share fake news articles and deepfake videos with others and the impact that exposure to deceptive media has on the psychological wellbeing of victims. Sumer holds a BA in Psychology, a MA in Social Sciences and a graduate certificate in Computational Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.