Max is an intergroup media scholar with a research agenda that explores the cognitive, affective, and communicative processes that underlie belief in misinformation, conspiracy theories, and extremist ideologies. His work is also influenced by a commitment to methodological innovations in social sciences. To that end, he is interested in data simulation studies and theory-driven approaches to psychometric problems concerning measurement and modeling in the extreme beliefs space, specifically response style biases.

Max Erdemandi is a dual PhD/MS candidate in Communication Science and Social Cognition

(PhD) at the College of Arts and Humanities, and Quantitative Methodology: Measurement and Statistics (MS) at the College of Education. A first-generation student, Max holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Duke University

(2014), and a BA in American and Cultural Studies from Hacettepe University (2012).