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Dr. John Ternovski

Assistant Professor & Analyst

Department of Economics & Geosciences

Dr. Ternovski
Contact Information

(719) 333-3021



Dr. John Ternovski is an Assistant Professor and Analyst at the Office of Labor and Economic Analysis in the Department of Economics and Geosciences. He is a multi-disciplinary social scientist specializing in the application of behavioral science to causal inference. He has designed and analyzed over two hundred large-scale field experiments in collaboration with government and non-government organizations.

He grew up in the Los Angeles area, but spent most of his life on the East Coast. He enjoys hiking, travel, and film.


PhD, Political Science, Yale University (2021)

MA, Statistics, Yale University (2020)

MPhil, Political Science, Yale University (2020)

MSc, Social Science of the Internet, University of Oxford (2014)

BA, Economics, Dartmouth College (2009)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor and Analyst, Office of Labor and Economic Analysis, U.S. Air Force Academy (2022-Present)

Postdoctoral Fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University (2021-2022)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Office of Evaluation Sciences, US General Services Administration (2021-2022)

Senior Research Fellow, Student Social Support Lab, Harvard Kennedy School (2014-2017)

Director of Analytics, Analyst Institute, Washington DC (2009-2014)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Behavioral economics

Causal inference

Experimental economics


Deepfake Warnings for Political Videos Increase Disbelief but Do Not Improve Discernment: Evidence from Two Experiments (with P. M. Aronow and Joshua Kalla). 2022, Journal of Online Trust and Safety.

A Note on Increases in Inattentive Online Survey-Takers Since 2020 (with Lilla Orr). 2022, Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media.

Social Influence in Music Listenership: A Natural Experiment on 1.3 Million Last.fm Users (with Taha Yasseri). 2020, Social Networks.

Social Pressure and Voting: Field Experiment Conducted in a High-Salience Election (with Todd Rogers, Don Green, and Carolina Ferrerosa-Young). 2017, Electoral Studies.

Potential follow-up increases private contributions to public goods. (with Todd Rogers and Erez Yoeli). 2016, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

When Treatments Are Tweets: A Network Mobilization Experiment Over Twitter (with Alexander Coppock and Andrew Guess). 2015, Political Behavior.