David Markowitz

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Assistant Professor
Phone: 541-346-3623
Office: 153 Franklin Blvd.
City: Eugene
Research Interests: language, deception, computer-mediated communication, media psychology


David Markowitz is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. He uses language data from natural repositories to make inferences about people, such as what they are thinking, feeling, and experiencing psychologically. A large part of his research focuses on how deception affects language, including how fraudulent scientists write their research papers compared to genuine scientists. His work has appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesJournal of CommunicationCommunication Research, and the Journal of Language and Social Psychologyand covered by outlets including Vice, Business Insider, Forbes, and NPR. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and his undergraduate and master's degrees from Cornell University.

For a full and updated list of publications, see his Google Scholar page and CV.

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Ph.D. Communication, Stanford University, 2018

M.Sc. Communication, Cornell University, 2015

B.Sc.  Communication, Cornell University, 2010



Select Publications

Markowitz, D. M., & Shulman, H. C. (2021). The predictive utility of word familiarity for online engagements and funding. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118, e2026045118.

Markowitz, D. M., & Slovic, P. (2020). Social, psychological, and demographic characteristics of dehumanization toward immigrants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117, 9260-9269.

Markowitz, D. M., & Levine, T. R. (2020). It’s the situation and your disposition: A test of two honesty hypotheses. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Markowitz, D. M., & Slovic, P. (2020). Communicating imperatives requires psychological closeness but creates psychological distance. Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

Markowitz, D. M. & Griffin, D. J. (2020). When context matters: How false, truthful, and genre-related communication styles are revealed in language. Psychology, Crime & Law, 26, 287-310.

Markowitz, D. M. (2019). Putting your best pet forward: Language patterns of persuasion in online pet advertisements. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Markowitz, D. M., Hancock, J. T., Bailenson, J. N, & Reeves, B. (2019). Psychological and physiological effects of applying self-control to the mobile phone. PLOS ONE, 14, e0224464.

Markowitz, D. M. (2019). What words are worth: National Science Foundation grant abstracts indicate award funding. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 38, 264-282.

Markowitz, D. M., Laha, R., Perone, B. P., Pea, R. D., & Bailenson, J. N. (2018). Immersive virtual reality field trips facilitate learning about climate change. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2364.

Markowitz, D. M. & Hancock, J. T. (2018). Deception in mobile dating conversations. Journal of Communication, 68, 547-569.


Honors and Awards:

2019 – Dean’s Research Grant, University of Oregon; awarded with Nicole Dahmen

2019 – Faculty Research Award, University of Oregon.

2018 – New Junior Faculty Research Award, University of Oregon.