Diplomacy Lab: Assessing Mis/Disinformation was a student-led project conducted over two semesters, with two sets of students, sharing the overarching goal of developing resources for assessing information.

Fall 2022

Students in HONR 399: Diplomacy Lab expanded tools and materials developed by the initial Spring 2022 cohort as part of course conducted in the John Martinson Honors College. Students in this cohort expanded the policy report and added information literacy training modules for Watch officers. Students also continued to develop a machine-learning algorithm to identify mis/disinformation and created tutorials for open-source tools. This cohort met with a representative from the U.S. Department of State.

Student Class Major
Olivia Anderson 2024 Cybersecurity
Katelyn Biggs 2023 Biomedical Health Sciences, Minor in Biological Sciences
Lara Chuppe 2023 Computer Science, Minor in Biological Sciences
Becca Counen 2024 History, Political Science, Minors in French, Business Management
Phoenix Dimagiba 2024 Cybersecurity, Network Engineering Techology
Alison Hannon 2023 Nutrition Science
Jannine Huby 2023 Political Science, Global Studies, Minor in Professional Writing
Michael Kuczajda 2023 Global Studies, Minors in Asian Studies, Islamic Studies
Ksenia Lewyckyj 2023 Economics
Eric Liu 2023 Computer Science, Data Science
Gabe Mason 2023 Computer Science, Philosophy
Adam Munshi 2023 Health and Disease, Minor in Chemistry
Addie Powell 2024 Law and Society, Minors in Spanish, English
Anushka Sharma 2025 Aerospace Engineering
Jake Valdez 2024 Aerospace Engineering, Minor in Mathmatics
Vinnie Vuskalns 2023 Professional Flight Technology, Aeronautical Engineering Technology
Charlotte Yeung 2025 Political Science
Sean Zak 2024 Chemical Engineering

Spring 2022

The first cohort of Diplomacy Lab at Purdue was hand selected from over 60 applicants. Students were organized into two teams, a dashboard team and a policy team. Meeting with the U.S. State Department over the course of the Spring semester, this cohort developed a prototype of a dashboard to assess information posted on social media and generated some ideas for a website and toolkit. The Spring 2022 cohort was guided by two teaching assistants who were critical in supporting and organizing the project: Rebecca Liu (Brain and Behavioral Sciences, Law and Society, and Political Science) and Jasmin Towns (Political Science and Philosophy). .

Student Major
Sofia Babcock Political Science, Law and Society
Supriya Dixit Data Science, Computer Science
Reece Fleck Computer Science, Political Science
Christina Galiatsatos Political Science
Nicholas Gorki Computer Science
Keshav Iyengar Computer Science
Eric Liu Computer Science, Data Science
Bennet Miller Law and Society
Stephanie Perun Political Science, Communications
Jeremy Rifkin Computer Science
Shelly Schwartz Data Science
Yaseen Shady Computer Science
Amanda Shie Political Science, Asian Studies
Alicia Stevance Political Science, Global Studies
Andrew Yason Russian Language and Culture, Law and Society


Matthew Hannah

  • Assistant Professor of Information Studies (Purdue University)
  • Dr. Hannah's research focuses on conspiracy theories and online extremism and has been published in First Monday, Social Media + Society, and Debates in the Digital Humanities.
  • "Diplomacy Lab offered students a unique opportunity to apply their course work to a real-world challenge. I have been so impressed by the dedication and passion of Purdue's students in tackling real-world information challenges."

Bethany McGowan

  • Associate Professor of Information Studies (Purdue University)
  • Professor McGowan's research focuses on health literacy and health equity. Her current research, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, examines the influence of health mis/disinformation on information-seeking behavior in African American communities.
  • "I'm passionate about providing undergraduate research experiences, and the opportunity to collaborate with the State Department to supervise student-driven research focused on identifying mis/disinformation on social media and its influence on American diplomacy has been wonderful."