Dr. Justin B. Phillips

Justin Phillips

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BSc (Computer Science), BA (Political Studies), BA (Hons), MA (Politics and International Relations), PhD
University of Auckland

About Justin

Dr Justin Phillips is a political scientist and lecturer in the School of Social Sciences. He specialises in political communication research, particularly on social media utilising big datasets. His recent articles on political communication during US & NZ & AUS election campaigns on traditional and social media have been published in Mass Communication and Society, Politics & Gender, Australian Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Language and Politics. Justin’s ongoing collaborative and individual research has been funded by MBIE, Facebook, and the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Research Supervised

Research Interests

Recent Publications

  • Carson, A., Gibbons, A., Martin, A., & Phillips, J. (2022). Does third-party fact-checking increase trust in news stories? An Australian case study using the “sports rorts” affair. Digital Journalism. doi:10.1080/21670811.2022.2031240

  • Graham, S., Newell, E., Phillips, J. B., Treharne, G. J., & Scarf, D. (2022). #Bodypositive surpasses 1 billion engagements. Journal of Health Psychology, 135910532211077. doi:10.1177/13591053221107746

  • Carson, A., Gibbons, A., & Phillips, J. B. (2021). Recursion theory and the ‘death tax’. Journal of Language and Politics. doi:10.1075/

  • Phillips, J. (2020). Leave the attacking to others: Assessing the effectiveness of candidate endorsed and independently sourced televised attack ads in the 2016 Presidential Election. Mass Communication and Society. doi:10.1080/15205436.2020.1788602

Find more research publications by Justin Phillips


American Politics; Communication; Data; Data mining; Gender; Machine Learning; New Zealand Politics; Politics; Social Science Research