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Alejandro Fernández-Roldán Díaz - Predoctoral Researcher

Alejandro Fernández-Roldán Díaz - Predoctoral Researcher

I am a graduate in MSc in Data & Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2019).

The key guidance from Professor Carlos Santiago Caballero (UC3M) throughout my BA and most especially in my BA’s dissertation (“Competing on diversity: market regulation and content offer in Spanish television: 1965-2015”) led me to show an early interest on the implementation of quantitative methods to the study of media and public opinion. Under his leadership I worked (2016-2018) in the project “The origins of regional inequality in Spain”, sponsored by the Ramón Areces Foundation. In parallel, Professor Santiago and I published a working paper on competitive balance and inequality in top European football leagues called: “Decomposing competitive balance in the major European football leagues: a Rawlsian approach”.

I have worked for Atrevia, a communications and marketing consultancy firm.

In 2018 I moved to London to pursue an MSc at the LSE, a lifechanging experience. My dissertation (“A check on fact-checkers: a multinomial regression evaluation of fact-checkers in the United States, Spain and Italy”) was supervised by Prof. Nick Anstead (although key inputs were provided too by Prof. Pablo Barberá & Prof. Charlie Beckett ), and it aimed at contextualising and evaluating potential biases of political fact-checking in an era of rapid flows of information, affective polarisation and post-truth strategies.

In September 2019 I joined the department of Social Sciences at UC3M as an Assistant Professor, where I taught courses in applied methodology and research design. Since September 2020 I am working as a Predoc Researcher (FPI scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Science) at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia and on a PhD thesis at UC3M within the framework of a joint project (“Rationality and counterknowledge. Epistemology of falsehood detection in journalistic discourses”) led by Prof. David Teira (UNED) and Prof. Carlos Elías (UC3M). Both Carlos Elías and David Teira are supervisors of my PhD thesis, which strives to broaden our knowledge on the epistemology of political fact-checking and its role as a key mediator of public opinion.