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Alejandro Fernández-Roldán Díaz - Predoctoral Researcher

Alejandro Fernández-Roldán Díaz - Predoctoral Researcher

I hold a BA in Communications from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (2015), an MA in Corporate Communications from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2017) and an MSc in Data & Society (M&C) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2019).

The key guidance from Professor Carlos Santiago Caballero (UC3M) throughout my BA and 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 in the project “The origins of regional inequality in Spain”, funded 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”.

In the private sector I have worked for Atrevia, a communications and marketing consultancy firm; drawing experience from various enriching projects on various domains: Pharmaceutical and retail, among others.
In 2018 I moved to London to study at LSE, which gave me a comprehensive learning in social sciences with a focus on data. There I took lifechanging courses from the department of Media & Comms, Methodology and Management. I also was given the chance to audit courses at the department of Statistics. 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, polarisation and post-truth politics.

In September 2019 I joined the department of Social Sciences at UC3M as an Assistant Professor, where I taught courses in applied methodology. Since September 2020 I am working as a Predoctoral 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 will strive to expand our knowledge on the epistemology of political fact-checking and its role as a key mediator of public opinion.