Brian Guay

Brian Guay

Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University

(last name pronounced 'Gay')

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Duke University in 2021 and was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT from 2021-2023.

My research is at the intersection of political behavior and methodology, with a specific focus on misinformation, polarization, and social media. I draw on theories from cognitive and social psychology and use a wide range of methods, including field experiments, surveys, and natural language processing with social media data.

My work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Nature Human Behavior.


  • Political Psychology
  • American Public Opinion
  • Computational Social Science
  • Political Methodology


  • PhD in Political Science, 2021

    Duke University

  • MA in Political Science, 2017

    Duke University

  • BA in Psychology, Political Science, 2014

    University of Richmond