Introduction to American Politics

  • Introductory course for college freshmen. Topics include collective action problems, principal-agent problems, federalism, institutional history, public opinion, political behavior, elections.
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Applied Statistics for Social Science

  • Advanced quantitative methodology course for college juniors and seniors. Topics include basic probability theory, sampling theory, causal modeling, survey research, ordinary least squares, data visualization, STATA, R.
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The American Congress

  • Upper level course for college juniors and seniors. Topics include the history of the American Congress, procedure, bicameralism, supermajoritarianism, committees, ideal point estimation, game theory, parties, polarization, gridlock.
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Introduction to Text-as-Data

  • New upper level course for college juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Topics include a general approach to descriptive and causal inference using text, classical approaches to content analysis, statistical approaches to content analysis, stylometry, the vector space model, feature extraction, dimension reduction, classifiers, topic models, and selected newer topics.
  • Course Reviews TBA October (Instructor)

Topics in Politics: Politics and Modern Computing

  • At the intersection of politics and modern computing is a fundamental transformation of our political processes. New technology has precipitously reduced the costs of voter engagement, district interaction, and labor, thereby upsetting the participatory, representative, and pluralistic equilibria which have to this day evolved at a leisurely rate. In this course, we will study how a reduction in the costs of collective action by way of artificial intelligence has changed the ways citizens interact with their political institutions, and consider what these trends imply for the future of our society.
  • Course Review TBA; course in development (Instructor).