David Markowitz

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3623
  • Office: 153 Franklin Blvd.
  • City: Eugene
  • Website: Website


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 Journal of CommunicationCommunication Research, and the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, and 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 list of publications, see his Google Scholar page and personal website.


Ph.D. Communication, Stanford University, 2018

M.Sc. Communication, Cornell University, 2015

B.Sc.  Communication, Cornell University, 2010



Journal Articles
Markowitz, D. M., & Griffin, D. J. (2019). When context matters: How false, truthful, and genre-related communication styles are revealed in language. Psychology, Crime & Law.
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.
Markowitz, D. M. (2018). Academy awards speeches reflect social status, cinematic roles, and winning expectations. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 37, 376-387.
Margolin, D., & Markowitz, D. M. (2017). A multi-theoretical approach to big text data: Comparing expressive and rhetorical logics in Yelp reviews. Communication Research, 45, 688-718. 
Markowitz, D. M., & Hancock, J. T. (2017). The 27 Club: Music lyrics reflect psychological distress. Communication Reports, 30, 1-13.
Markowitz, D. M., & Hancock, J. T. (2016). Linguistic obfuscation in fraudulent science. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 35, 435-445.
Markowitz, D. M., & Hancock, J. T. (2014). Linguistic traces of a scientific fraud: The case of Diederik Stapel. PLOS ONE, 9, e105937.
Larrimore, L., Jiang, L., Larrimore, J., Markowitz, D. M., & Gorski, S. (2011). Peer to peer lending: The relationship between language features, trustworthiness, and persuasion success. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 39, 19-37.


My research examines how language reflects social and psychological dynamics such as deceptionpersuasion, and status. For example, my recent papers have analyzed how scientists who fake data write their research reports differently than scientists who produce genuine data, and how Academy Awards acceptance speeches reveal social status differences between movie directors and actors.

I use computational approaches to gather and analyze language data, while also performing experiments to examine relationships between humans and technology. For an interactive way to understand my research and approaches, please use a tool that I have built: commPAIR.