People

EXECUTIVE

Kristopher Ramsay
Professor
Fisher Hall 303 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-2960
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(Website)

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.      
Fisher Hall 206 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-9047
email
(Website)

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.

Matias Iaryczower
Associate Professor
Fisher Hall 305 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-1018
email
(Website)

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
Associate Professor
Fisher Hall 204 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-8951
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(Website)

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
Fisher Hall 307 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-4854
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(Website)

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
Fisher Hall 003 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-2160
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(Website)

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
Fisher Hall 306 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-1030
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(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
Fisher Hall 308 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-1857
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(Website)

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
Bendheim Hall 320 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
p: 609-258-2256
email
(Website)

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
Bendheim Hall 321 | 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 STAFF

Will Lowe
Senior Research Specialist
Fisher Hall 314 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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Will Lowe is a political methodologist specializing in statistical text analysis with applications to ideal point analysis, social media, and event data. His published work can be found in Political Analysis, International Organization, the Journal of Peace Research, and Legislative Studies Quarterly, among others. He teaches Visualizing Data (POL 245) in the Department of Politics and the Junior Methods Lab (WWS 403/4) in the Woodrow Wilson School.

PREDOCTORAL FELLOWS 

 

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Adeline Lo
Postdoctoral Fellow
Fisher Hall 315 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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(Website)

Adeline Lo received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. Her research is on developing and applying big data methods to prediction as well as to questions surrounding violence and conflict. Some of her work is also on using survey experiments to elicit behavioral and attitudinal information.

GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWS

Benjamin Fifield 
Graduate Student Fellow
Fisher Hall 001 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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Ben Fifield is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where he studies American political institutions and quantitative methods. His research interests include: lobbying and firm influence in American regulatory politics, how federal agencies develop and maintain workforce capacity, and redistricting in congressional elections. He has twice co-taught the Politics Department "boot camp" in the R statisticial programming language and has served as a preceptor for Quantitative Analysis II (graduate).

Saurabh Pant
Graduate Student Fellow
Fisher Hall 001 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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(Website)

Saurabh Pant is a Ph.D. candidate in Princeton's Politics department. His research interests lie at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics. He studies the political economy of conflict and militancy in divided societies and has regional interests in South Asia and the Middle East. He received his BA in Mathematics and Economics from New York University and his MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics.

Bella Wang
Graduate Student Fellow
Fisher Hall 001 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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Bella Wang is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, in the areas of international relations, security studies, and formal and quantitative methods. She primarily studies elite decision-making in territorial disputes, particularly in East Asia, and develops game theoretic models to investigate the role of policy experimentation and adjustment in these disputes and in foreign policy in general. Other ongoing research projects include China's adaptation to WTO norms and rules through the Dispute Settlement Body and the effect of international socialization on states' approaches to adjudication and dispute settlement.

Yang-Yang Zhou
Graduate Student Fellow
Fisher Hall 001 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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(Website)

Yang-Yang Zhou is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University and a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. She studies the consequences of violence and repression on political activism and interpersonal trust with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Other research interests include citizenship, migration, refugee issues, global health, and survey methodology. She has conducted fieldwork in Ghana, Benin, Senegal, Tanzania, and Bahrain. She also works for the academic journal World Politics. 

Asya Magazinnik
Graduate Student Fellow
Fisher Hall 001 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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(Website)

Asya Magazinnik is a Ph.D. candidate in the subfields of American political institutions and quantitative methodology. She is interested in democratic representation, polarization, and the policy-making process in the modern American federalist system. Her current work includes the development of an ideal point estimator that accounts for strategic abstention from voting, the application of a simulation technique to understand the institutional determinants of legislative redistricting, and an analysis of executive influence on state education policy. She holds an MPP from the University of Chicago Harris School and has previously worked on experimental evaluations of social policy reforms for low-income populations.

Ted Enamorado
Graduate Student Fellow
Fisher Hall 001 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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(Website)

Ted Enamorado is a Ph.D. candidate in Princeton’s Politics Department in the fields of Political Economy and Formal and Quantitative Methods. His research currently focuses on coalition formation. While at Princeton he has co-taught the Politics Math Camp (2015 and 2016), and served as a preceptor for Quantitative Analysis and Politics (undergraduate) and Quantitative Analysis II (graduate).

Korhan Koçak
Graduate Student Fellow
Fisher Hall 001 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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(Website)

Korhan Koçak is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics in the fields of Political Economy and Formal and Quantitative Methods. Korhan's research investigates games of incomplete information in political settings, with particular focuses on the roles of media, networks and behavioral biases. Korhan holds and M.A. and B.A. from Sabanci University.

Naoki Egami
Graduate Student Fellow
Fisher Hall 001 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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(Website)

Naoki Egami is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He obtained a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Tokyo in 2015 and studied at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as a visiting student in 2013. He is broadly interested in political methodology and comparative political behavior. Methodological interest includes causal inference, machine learning, experimental design and social network analysis. His research has focused on causal inference with networks, causal interaction and positive empirical models of election fraud.

Winston Chou
Graduate Student Fellow
Fisher Hall 001 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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(Website)

Winston Chou is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He has research and teaching interest in comparative political economy, political sociology, and formal theory and quantitative methods. His research appears in the journals Social Forces and American Sociological Review.

Amanda Kennard
Graduate Student Fellow
Fisher Hall 001 | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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(Website)

Amanda Kennard is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics, studying International Relations. Her research explores the political economy of climate change, trade bargaining, and international institutions. Her current research explores the effects of industry competition on firms' political participation in climate change policy making. At Princeton she has served as preceptor for two graduate courses, Quantitative Analysis I and Formal Political Analysis.

Rachael McLellan
Graduate Student Fellow
Corwin Hall | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
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(Website)

Rachael McLellan is a Ph.D candidate in Comparative Politics. Her research focuses on the political economy of local government and public goods provision in dominant party states, exploring the effects of institutional structures and service provision on electoral behavior, social sanctioning and regime stability. Her regional focus is sub-Saharan Africa and she has extensive fieldwork experience in Tanzania. Before starting at Princeton, Rachael worked as a researcher for a number of development organizations. She holds a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford.

Erik H. Wang
Graduate Student Fellow
Corwin Hall | Department of Politics | Princeton University | Princeton, NJ 08544
email
(Website)

Erik Wang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. His interests cover comparative political economy, politics of finance, and Chinese politics. He also does research on statistical methods of causal inference. His work is forthcoming in Journal of Politics. At Princeton, he has taught courses in comparative politics and international relations to undergraduates. He has also taught the third course of the department's quantitative methods sequence to PhD students, as well as programming and research design to entering undergraduates via the Freshman Scholars Institute.

 

ALUMNI

PREDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Tyler Pratt
Assistant Professor
Yale University
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Yuki Shiraito
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan

 

Chad Hazlett (2013-2014)
Assistant Professor
University of California - Los Angeles

Florian Hollenbach (2013-2014)
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University
(Website)

Steven Liao (2014-2015)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University
(Website)

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS 

Santiago Olivella (2015-2016)
Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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(Website)

Brett Bensen (2010-2011)
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies
Vanderbilt University
(Website)

Serra Boranbay (2009-2010)
Postdoctoral 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, Princeton University
(Website)

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

Kentaro Hirose(2012-2015)
Assistant Professor
Waseda Institute for Advanced Studies 
(Website)

Michael Higgins(2013-2015)
Assistant Professor
Department of Statistics, Kansas State University
(Website)

James Lo(2014-2016)
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science, University of Southern California
(Website)

Erin Hartman(2015-2016)
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science, University of California at Los Angeles
(Website)

 

GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWS

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

Graeme Blair
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Sciences
UCLA
(Website)

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

Jidong Chen
Visiting Fellow
Wallis Institute of Political Economy, University of Rochester
(Website)

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

In Song Kim
Assistant Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Dustin Tingley
Professor of Government
Harvard University
(Website)

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

Gabriel Lopez-Moctezuma
Postdoctoral Associate
Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics
Yale University
(Website)

Carlos Velasco Rivera
Research Fellow
Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse
(Website)