The Summer Institute will be a highly collegial training program for advanced graduate students and junior faculty led by political scientists from across the discipline who employ EITM approaches in their research. Below is a preliminary list of the faculty participants. Keep checking back, as more faculty will be added in the coming weeks!

Weihua An


Dr. Weihua An is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Quantitative Theory and Methodsat Emory University. He is also a faculty member of the East Asian Studies and Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and a Master's degree in Statistics from Harvard. Drawing on unique data, his research advances methods for network analysis and causal analysis and uses them to answer important questions in economic sociology, medical sociology, and organizations. His recent work develops computational tools for constructing social networks from politicians’ biographies and presents statistical methods to rank and cluster politicians in multiplex networks that contain multiple relationships simultaneously. More information about his research can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/weihuaan/home.

Alex Bolton


Alex Bolton is an assistant professor of political science at Emory University. He studies American politics, with a focus on executive branch politics and policymaking and separation of power politics. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2016, he held a postdoctoral position at Duke University's Social Science Research Institute working on a project examining human capital in the federal government. His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Annals of Applied Statistics, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Journal of Politics, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Tom Clark


Tom S. Clark is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science. His research focuses on judicial politics, American political institutions, rational choice institutionalism. Current research projects include topics on the development of statistical models of legal doctrine, federal court oversight of state courts, and litigation in the judicial hierarchy. Prof. Clark's research has been published in leading political science journals such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the journal of Politics. His book, The Limits of Judicial Independence, was published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press and was awarded the William Riker Award for the best book on political economy from the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association. Prof. Clark received his BA (2003) from Rutgers University, and his MA (2005) and PhD (2008) in Politics from Princeton University. Clark also holds a courtesy appointment in the Emory School of Law. Professor Clark has provided expert witness and consulting services for constitutional litigation in the federal and state courts, including litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Scott de Marchi


Scott de Marchi is Professor of Political Science and the founding director of the Decision Science program at Duke University. His work focuses on mathematical methods, especially computational social science, machine learning, and mixed methods. Substantively, he examines individual decision-making in contexts that include the American Congress and presidency, bargaining in legislatures, interstate conflict, and voting behavior. He has been an external fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and the National Defense University and is currently a principal investigator for NSF’s EITM program.

Sean Gailmard


Sean Gailmard is Professor in the Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Gailmard studies the relationship between principal-agent problems and institutions of government. He has applied this perspective in American politics to understand executive branch structure and political accountability in the U.S. His research has focused on the trade-off between expertise and political responsiveness in the bureaucracy, historical dimensions of the presidency and its relation to the bureaucracy, congressional control of bureaucratic discretion, the internal organization of Congress, and electoral accountability in the U.S. Senate. Previous research has analyzed models of rational choice by non-selfish actors in laboratory experiments on collective decision making. He is also the author of Learning While Governing: Expertise and Accountability in the Executive Branch (2012, University of Chicago Press, with John W. Patty), which won the 2013 William H. Riker Prize from the American Political Science Association (Political Economy Section) as the best book in political economy, as well as Statistical Modeling and Inference for Social Science (2014, Cambridge University Press), a Ph.D.-level textbook. He has published research in leading social science journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics.

Justin Grimmer


Justin Grimmer is a Professor in Stanford University's Department of Political Science. His primary research interests include Congress, representation, and political methodology.

Sunshine Hillygus


D. Sunshine Hillygus is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and director of the Initiative on Survey Methodology at Duke University.  Prof. Hillygus specializes in public opinion, political communication, political behavior, and survey methodology.  She is co-author of The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Political Campaigns (Princeton University Press, 2008) and The Hard Count: The Social and Political Challenges of the 2000 Census (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006). Her work has also been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Analysis, Statistical Science, Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, among others.  She is currently serving as associate PI of the 2020 American National Election Study, associate editor of Political Analysis, and chair of the Advisory Committee for Public Opinion Quarterly.

Nahomi Ichino


Nahomi Ichino is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and a Faculty Associate of the Center for Political Studies and the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan.  Her research interests focus primarily on ethnic politics, voter behavior, and political parties in developing democracies, with a regional specialization in sub-Saharan Africa.  She has a secondary research interest in methodology for comparative politics.  Her work has been published in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and other outlets.  She is a member of EGAP (Evidence in Governance and Politics) and her research in Ghana has been supported by the National Science Foundation.  She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and was previously on the faculty in the Department of Government at Harvard University.

Danielle Jung


Danielle Jung is an assistant professor of political science at Emory University. She earned her PhD from the University of California, San Diego, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University on the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project. Her work is at the intersection of International Relations and Comparative Politics, centering around questions of legitimacy and governance in fragile environments. She uses a variety of research methods to generate and investigate these questions including agent-based models, archival records, surveys, and field experiments. Jung’s work has appeared in a variety of journals including the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Experimental Political Science.

Marko Klansja


Marko Klasnja is an assistant professor of political science at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Government Department. His work focuses primarily on the political economy of democratic accountability, representation, as well as political inequality. He has used an eclectic range of methods and approaches in his work, from formal-theoretic and experimental, to descriptive projects based on observational data. Marko regularly teaches undergraduate research seminars and graduate methods courses. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Politics Research, British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Political Science Research and Methods, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. 

Rebecca Morton


Rebecca Morton is a Professor of Politics with a joint appointment between NYU NYC and NYU Abu Dhabi.  She is also Director of the Social Science Experimental Laboratory at NYU Abu Dhabi.  Her research focuses on human behavior and experimental methods.  She is the author or co-author of four books and numerous journal articles, which have appeared in noted outlets such as the American Economic Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Politics, and Review of Economic Studies.  For more information, please see her webpage.

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Monika Nalepa


Monika Nalepa (PhD, Columbia University) is an associate professor of political science at the University of Chicago. With a focus on post-communist Europe, her research interests include transitional justice, parties and legislatures, and game-theoretic approaches to comparative politics. Her first book, Skeletons in the Closet: Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Europe was published in the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series and received the Best Book award from the Comparative Democratization section of the APSA and the Leon Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties section of the APSA. She has published her research in Perspectives on Politics, the Journal of Comparative PoliticsWorld PoliticsJournal of Conflict ResolutionJournal of Theoretical Politics, Studies in Logic and Rhetoric, and Decyzje. Her current work centers on how transitional justice mechanisms contribute to the quality of democracy. A centerpiece of this work is the Global Transitional Justice Dataset, funded by the National Science Foundation.

John Patty


John W. Patty is a Professor of Political Science and Quantitative Theory & Methods at Emory University.  He is also Co-editor of the Journal of Theoretical Politics and the Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions series at Cambridge University Press. Professor Patty’s research focuses on mathematical models of political institutions.  His substantive interests include political legitimacy, the US Congress, the federal bureaucracy, American political development, and democratic theory.
Professor Patty regularly teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses on game theory, computational modeling, formal models of political institutions, political resistance and legitimacy, the US Congress, and the federal bureaucracy. His work has been published in American Journal of Political Science, Annual Review of Political Science, Economics & Politics, Electoral Studies, Games & Economic Behavior, Journal of Law and Courts, Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Mathematical & Computer Modelling, Politics, Philosophy, & Economics, Political Science Research and Methods, PS: Political Science & Politics, Public Choice, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Social Choice & Welfare, and The Good Society.

Maggie Penn


Maggie Penn a Professor of Political Science at Emory University. She is a formal political theorist whose work focuses on social choice theory and political institutions. She regularly teaches undergraduate courses on electoral systems and agent-based modeling as well as graduate courses on positive political theory. Her work has been published with Cambridge University Press and in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Mathematical & Computer Modeling, Political Analysis, Political Science Research & Methods, PS: Political Science and Politics, Public Choice, Social Choice & Welfare, The Good Society, and Complexity.

Emily Ritter


Emily Ritter is Associate Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. Her research centers on the effects of international legal institutions on the strategic relationship between government repression and dissent activities, with particular attention to the methodological implications for causal inference that stem from strategic conflict behavior. Different projects contribute to scholarship on international human rights institutions, law, and practice; domestic conflict between national governments and groups from the population; international governance and legal institutions; and political methodology. Game theory and quantitative statistical analysis are the primary methods she uses to approach inference. She has published articles in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, the Review of International Organizations, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. Her first book, co-authored with Courtenay R. Conrad, is currently under contract at Oxford University Press.  

Arthur Spirling


Arthur Spirling is Associate Professor of Politics and Data Science at New York University. He received a bachelor's and master's degree from the London School of Economics, and a master's degree and PhD from the University of Rochester. Spirling's research centers on quantitative methods for social science, especially those that use text as data and more recently, deep learning and embedding representations. His work on these subjects has appeared in outlets such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of the American Statistical Association and conference proceedings in computer science.  Substantively, he is interested in the political development of institutions, especially for the United Kingdom.


Jeffrey Staton


Jeffrey K. Staton is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Emory University as well as the Judiciary Project Manager for Varieties of Democracy. His research focuses on the political construction of influential judicial systems. His work has been published by Cambridge University Press and appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, International Organization, and International Studies Quarterly.

Dustin Tingley


Dustin Tingley is Professor of Government in the Government Department at Harvard University. He received a PhD in Politics from Princeton in 2010 and BA from the University of Rochester in 2001. His research interests include international relations, international political economy, statistical methodology, and experimental approaches to political science.  His book on American foreign policy, Sailing the Water's Edge, was published in fall 2015, and was awarded the Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best book published in the field of U.S. national policy. Recent projects include attitudes towards global climate technologies and policies, and the intersection of causal inference and machine learning methods for the social sciences.

Dustin is Deputy Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Faculty director for the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning Research Group (Harvard higher education data science group), Faculty director for the Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching, co-founded ABLConnect, previously served as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Harvard Government Department and faculty director of IQSS's Undergraduate Research Scholar program, and is the former (and founding) editor of the APSA Experimental Section newsletter, The Experimental Political Scientist. Dustin initiated and organized the Harvard Government Department annual poster session, and has organized interdisciplinary conferences on causal mechanismsclimate change politics, negotiation in international relations, active learning, and the intersection of causal inference and machine learning. 

Rocio Titunik


Rocio Titiunik is the James Orin Murfin Professor of Political Science. She works on political methodology and American politics. Her methodological interests center on the validity and limitations of employing experimental and non-experimental research designs to the study of politics. She is particularly interested in causal inference in the study of political institutions. Substantively, her current projects focus on incumbency advantage, elections and representation, political participation, and legislative behavior.