People

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Kosuke Imai 
Professor
Corwin Hall 036 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-6601
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Kosuke Imai is a professor in the Department of Politics and an executive committee member of the Committee for Statistical Studies.  He also serves as the director of the newly created undergraduate certificate in statistics and machine learning.  Imai specializes in the development of statistical methods and their applications to social science research.  He has published more than thirty peer-refereed journal articles in political science, statistics, economics, and psychology.


Adam Meirowitz
John Work Garrett Professor of Politics
Corwin Hall 040 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, New Jersey 08544

p: 609-258-4859
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Adam Meirowitz teaches in the formal theory sequence.  He is primarily interested in game theory with applications to the study of information and preference aggregation.  Research topics include deliberation, electoral accountability, protests, bargaining and militarization.  He has published in the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, The American Political Science Review,  The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, The Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior and Social Choice and Welfare among others.

 

Kristopher Ramsay
Associate Professor
Corwin Hall 038 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544

p: 609-258-2960
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Kristopher Ramsay teaches in the subfields of international relations and formal theory and quantitative methods.  He is a theorist whose research focuses on the strategy of conflict, causes of war, and the role of institutions in shaping peace.  He has published articles in International Organization, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and World Politics, among others. 


FACULTY

Brandice Canes-Wrone
Donald E. Stokes Professor in Public and International Affairs, 
Professor of Politics and Public Affairs. Acting Vice Dean, Woodrow Wilson School.      
Corwin Hall 034 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-9047
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Brandice Canes-Wrone has written extensively on issues related to American politics, political economy, elections, and the courts. She is currently working on projects concerning the economic effects of electoral institutions, how the selection procedures for judges affect their decisions on the court, the impact of presidential campaigning on congressional elections, and presidential policy making. Canes-Wrone has taught classes on Business, Government, and Public Policy; The Presidency; The Politics of Public Policy; Housing Policy; and American Political Institutions. She is a Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded Empirical Implications of Theoretical Methods and serves on the boards of the American National Election Studies, American Journal of Political Science, Public Choice, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Congress and the Presidency.


David B. Carter
Assistant Professor
Corwin Hall 033 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-6832
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David Carter's research is in the field of international relations, with a focus on conflict. His research explores the role violent non-state actors such as terrorist and insurgent groups play in international relations, the role of territory in violent conflict, and the use foreign aid as a policy tool, among other topics. He has published in American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, Journal of Conflict Resolution and PS: Political Science and Politics. Current projects explore: how violent non-state actors strategically choose tactics in anticipation of government response, how targets of transnational terrorist and insurgent groups apply pressure on host states, the ways in which new international boundaries affect conflict and cooperation between neighboring states, and how domestic political institutions, democratic or authoritarian, influence the incentives of marginalized groups to employ violence.

Alexander V. Hirsch
Assistant Professor
Corwin Hall 041 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-1069
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Alexander Hirsch studies political institutions using game theoretic and quantitative methods, with a primary focus on American political institutions. He is particularly interested in the consequences of "learning by doing" about policy efficacy for legislative organization and bureaucratic management. Other current research interests include legislative specialization and legislative organization more generally, the effect of lobbying on legislative coalition formation, and deterrence in international conflicts.


Matias Iaryczower
Assistant Professor
Corwin Hall 037 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-1018
email
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Matias Iaryczower teaches in the formal theory sequence. His work uses Game Theory and Quantitative Methods to explore how different institutions affect collective decision-making in legislatures, courts and elections. His current research topics include the interaction between ideology and information in Congress and the Court, the effect of strategic deliberation in the Court, the role of intermediaries in legislative bargaining, and the consequences of political marketing in elections. He has published in the American Economic Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, the Journal of Politics, and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, among others. 


John Kastellec
Assistant Professor
Corwin Hall 039 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-8951
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Jonathan Kastellec studies American politics, with a focus on judicial politics. His work uses both game theory and statistics to understand judicial behavior. His current research projects include studying the intersection of collegiality and hierarchy on the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the mechanisms of judicial influence (with a particular focus on the relationship between race and judging), and studying the effects of partisan bias on public opinion about the Supreme Court. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, and Political Research Quarterly.


John B. Londregan
Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School
Bendheim Hall 217 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-4854
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John Londregan is a specialist in the development and applicaton of statistical methods in political science. He has also done extensive analysis of Chilean legislative and electoral politics since the transition from the Pinochet dictatorship to democracy. Londregan is the author of Legislative institutions and Ideology in Chile, as well as a contributor to numerous journals and edited volumes. Professor Londregan is a past winner of the Miller Prize for Best Paper in Political Analysis.


Nolan McCarty
Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs.
Department Chair
Corwin Hall 135 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-2160
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Nolan McCarty's areas of interest include U.S. politics, democratic political institutions, and political methodology. He is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles and is a co-founder of the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, a journal that focuses on innovative research in analytical political science. McCarty is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Marc Ratkovic 
Assistant Professor
Corwin Hall 035 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-1030
email
(Website)

His research focuses on political methodology, including the development of new machine learning methods as well as their introduction to a political science audience. His dissertation developed several methods for variable selection and fitting high-dimensional models with applications to political science. Working under Kosuke Imai , he has developed several projects that combine machine learning, smoothers, variable selection, and causal inference, with an eye to questions of interest to political and other social scientists.


Thomas Romer
Professor of Politics and Public Affairs; Director, Research Program in Political Economy
Robertson Hall 306 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-1857
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Thomas Romer's research explores the interaction of the market and nonmarket forces that influence the allocation of economic resources. He taught at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Western Ontario, and has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Trade Commission, Stanford University, University of Sydney, New York University, University of Cape Town, Institute for Advanced Study, Russell Sage Foundation, and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. His work on the politics and economics of local governments’ taxation and spending behavior was awarded the Duncan Black Prize of the Public Choice Society. Other work has dealt with land use regulation, campaign finance, the savings and loan debacle of the 1980s, and the political economy of redistribution. His current projects focus on the political economy of federalism and the financing of public education. He has served on the advisory panels of the National Science Foundation and on the editorial boards of the American Economic Review and Public Choice. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Ph.D. Yale University.


Jacob N. Shapiro
Assistant Professor
Corwin Hall 032 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-2256
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Jacob Shapiro teaches in the subfields of international relations and security. His research focuses on how to build durable peace and encourage economic development in conflict zones. He uses a combination of applied theory and program evaluation. He has published in Journal of Political Economy, American Journal of Political Science, International Security, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Political Analysis, and World Politics, among others.


Leonard Wantchekon
Professor of Politics
Corwin Hall 230 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-6723
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Leonard Wantchekon is Professor in the Politics department and associated faculty in the Economics department. His research is broadly focused on Political and Economic development, particularly in Africa and his specific interests include topics such as democratization, clientelism and redistributive politics, resource curse, and long-term social impact of historical events. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for International Teaching and Research at Princeton. He served as the Secretary of the American Political Science Association (2008-2009) and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Afrobarometer Network, as well as the Ibrahim Index Technical Committee of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which supports good governance and great leadership in Africa. He is also the founder the Africa School of Economics (ASE) set to open in Benin in 2014.


RESEARCH SPECIALISTS

Jonathan Olmsted
Senior Research Specialist
Corwin Hall 029 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-6202 
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Jonathan Olmsted is a Senior Research Specialist in the Department of Politics. His background is in social science and scientific computing. He joined the department in the Winter of 2013 and is still finishing his PhD in Political Science at the University of Rochester. On the political science side of things, his work focused on structural models, Bayesian inference, and measurement. On the computing side, he is interested in bringing the many faces of high-performance computing to social science researchers.


Radhika Saksena
Senior Research Specialist
Corwin Hall 029 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-5125
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Dr. Radhika Saksena works as a Senior Research Specialist in the Department of Politics. Her work involves scientific software development for data mining, computational modeling and simulation. Her scientific interests are in computational modelling and dynamical simulation methods that span disciplines and her technical interests are in high performance computing, algorithm development and software optimization. She has previously held senior research positions in Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, Pennsylvania State University and University College London. She received her MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Manchester and her undergraduate degree was from the National University of Singapore.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Kentaro Hirose
Postdoctoral Fellow
Corwin Hall 028 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
email
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Kentaro Hirose is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Formal and Quantitative Methods in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. His dissertation develops game theoretical models to analyze military threats and applies Bayesian hidden Markov switching models to explain unobservable threats to use force.

Michael Higgins
Postdoctoral Fellow
Corwin Hall 028 
| Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544

p: 609-258-9867
email
(Website)

Michael Higgins received his PhD in Statistics from the University of California at Berkeley in Spring 2013. He is interested in the development of statistical methods and theory motivated by problems in Political Science. Broad statistical interests include nonparametric statistics, causal inference, and experimental design. His work has been applied to problems in election auditing and statistical matching. He is especially interested in the use of integer programming methods to solve statistical problems.


Brenton Kenkel
Senior Research Assistant
Corwin Hall 028 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-7816
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Brenton Kenkel is a Senior Research Assistant in the Department of Politics and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Rochester. His research interests lie at the intersection of international relations, formal theory, and statistical methodology. He is particularly interested in the role of social conflict in the governance of post-conquest societies, and in how diplomatic communication can affect the outcomes of international relations.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWS

Graeme Blair
Graduate Student Fellow
Corwin Hall 130 
| Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
email
(Website)

Graeme Blair is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, and studies oil rent distribution bargains and they shape civil wars with a focus on West Africa. He also studies why civilians support armed groups in contexts from Nigeria to Afghanistan, and methods for asking sensitive survey questions. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science and Political Analysis, won the 2013 Pi Sigma Alpha Award from the MPSA, and is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the International Growth Centre, and anonymous donors.

Jidong Chen
Graduate Student Fellow
Corwin Hall 130 
| Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
email
(Website)

Jidong Chen is a PhD student (since 2009) in formal theory and comparative political economy. He develops game-theoretic models and empirical methods to study information and preference aggregation in different institutions. He is also interested in development issues from a comparative perspective, as well as interactions between governments and markets with a focus on regulation. Jidong’s current projects include: (1) Deliberations before Agenda Setting; (2) Deregulate to Control-Autonomy Design in Authoritarian Regimes; (3) as well as a series of papers with his co-author Ming Yang (Duke University) that apply “rational inattention” to study how bounded rational individuals strategically and flexibly acquire information with applications in political economy, institutional analysis and international relations.


In Song Kim
Graduate Student Fellow
Corwin Hall 130 
| Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
email
(Website)

In Song Kim is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Politics, Princeton University, where he received a Harold W. Dodds Fellowship for 2012-2013. His research is in the area of International Political Economy, Formal and Quantitative Methodology. Research topics include international political economy with heterogeneous firms, trade-talks among democratic nations, and the development of statistical methods for analyzing panel data.


Carlos Velasco Rivera
Graduate Student Fellow
Corwin Hall 130 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
email
(Website)

Carlos Velasco Rivera is a PhD candidate in Politics.  His research interests include: the electoral effects of public policies, the reproduction and survival of elites, structural estimation, and causal inference.  While at Princeton he has taught an introductory course in quantitative analysis at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Junior Summer Institute, and served as a preceptor for Quantitative Analysis and Politics (undergraduate) and Quantitative Analysis II (graduate).


VISITING GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWS


Chad Hazlett - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Visiting Graduate Student Fellow
Corwin Hall 130 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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Chad Hazlett is a PhD Candidate in Methodology and International Relations in the Department of Political Science at MIT. His methodological research focuses on developing quantitative tools that require fewer or more realistic assumptions, especially for estimating causal effects from observational data. His substantive interests focus on civil conflict, and particularly mass atrocities.


Florian Hollenbach - Duke University
Visiting Graduate Student Fellow
Corwin Hall 130 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544

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Florian Hollenbach is a PhD Candidate in Political Economy and Methods in the Department of Political Science at Duke University. His dissertation research is concerned with fiscal policy in non-democratic regimes and the development of fiscal capacity by authoritarian elites. In addition, he is interested in the study of conflict and economic development as well as quantitative methods.

ALUMNI

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS
 
Brett Bensen (2010-2011)
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies
Vanderbilt University
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Serra Boranbay (2009-2010)
Post-Doctoral Research
University of Mannheim
(Website)

Hifeng Huang (2009-2010)
Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of California - Merced
(Website)

Carlo Prato (2012-2013)
Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University
(Website)


Marc Ratkovic (2010-2012)
Assistant Professor, Department of Politics at Princeton University
(Website)


Yuki Takagi (2011-2012)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University


GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWS

Avidit Acharya
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Economics
University of Rochester
(Website)


Peter Buisseret
Lecturer (tenure track), Department of Economics
University of Warwick
(Website)

Stuart Jordan
Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of Rochester
(Website)

Dustin Tingley
Assistant Professor of Government
Harvard University
(Website)

Teppei Yamamoto
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(Website)