Faculty

Matt Golder

Matt Golder is a Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on political representation. He is currently a member of the Populism and the Future of Democracy project (2020-). In addition to serving as chair of APSA’s section on Representation and Electoral Systems (2011-2103), he has also been a member of the executive board for the Making Electoral Democracy Work project (2008-2017) and the advisory board for the Electoral Integrity Project (2013-2018). He has been the editor of APSA’s Comparative Politics Newsletter (2014-2018) and has served on the editorial boards for the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and the Journal of Politics. More information can be found at his website and on his Google scholar profile.

Sona Golder

Sona N. Golder is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. She studies political institutions, with a particular interest in coalition formation. She is an editor for the British Journal of Political Science (2015-), an associate editor for Research & Politics (2013-), and an editor for the new Oxford Politics of Institutions book series for Oxford University Press (2018-).  She has also been an editor for APSA’s Comparative Politics Newsletter (2014-2018) and has served on the editorial boards for the American Political Science ReviewPolitical Science Research and Methods, and Comparative Political Studies. In addition, she serves as a VIM mentor for female graduate students and junior faculty, and has served on the diversity committee for APSA’s Political Methodology Section. More information can be found at her website and on her Google scholar profile.

Post-Doctoral Students

Howard Liu

Howard is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Big Data Social Science — The Center for Social Data Analytics at the Pennsylvania State University. His substantive research focuses on contentious politics, state repression, and armed conflict, with a particular emphasis on how network relationships shape conflict behavior. Methodologically, he is interested in networks, spatial analysis, and automated text analysis. His research has been published in the Journal of Politics and Political Science Research & Methods. More information can be found at this website and on his Google scholar profile.

Graduate Students

Kostanca Dhima

Kostanca is a Ph.D. candidate at Texas A&M University. Her substantive research focuses on politics and gender, especially as it relates to political representation. Methodologically, she is interested in research design, quantitative methods, and experiments. Her research has been published in Politics & Gender, Political Behavior, Politics & Religion, and Political Science.  She has lived and worked in Albania. More information can be found at her website and on her Google scholar profile.

Jinhyuk Jang

Jinhyuk is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on executive-legislative relations, with a special emphasis on government formation in Asia-Pacific democracies. More information can be found at his website.

Boyoon Lee

Boyoon Lee is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pennsylvania State University. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo. Her substantive research interests focus on the politics of immigration, Asian politics, and historical legacy. Methodologically, she is interested in research design, quantitative methods, and experiments. More information can be found at her website.

Undergraduate Students

Lillian Aronson

Lillian is an undergraduate student in the CP Group.  She is currently a Penn State student completing a B.A. in International Politics. As a CP Group member, Lillian is working with Sona Golder, Molly Ariotti, and Jinhyuk Jang on a project looking at governments in non-presidential democracies and with Matt Golder, Sona Golder, and Charles Crabtree on a project looking at immigrant political power and populism in Europe.

Emma Cohen

Emma is an undergraduate student in the CP Group.  She is currently a Penn State student completing a B.S. in Political Science. As a CP Group member, Emma is working with Matt Golder, Sona Golder, and Charles Crabtree on a project looking at immigrant political power and populism in Europe.

Noah Speitel

Noah is an undergraduate student in the CP Group. He is currently a Penn State student completing a B.A. in Political Science. As a CP Group member, Noah is working with Sona Golder, Molly Ariotti, and Jinhyuk Jang on a project looking at governments in non-presidential democracies.

Katerina Yankanich

Katerina is an undergraduate student in the CP Group. She is currently a Penn State student completing a B.A. in Political Science. As a CP Group member, Katerina is working with Matt Golder, Sona Golder, and Charles Crabtree on a project looking at immigrant political power and populism in Europe.

Steven Zhang

Steven is an undergraduate student in the CP Group. He is currently a Penn State student completing a B.A. in Political Science. As a CP Group member, Steven is working with Jinhyuk Jang and Sona Golder on a project looking at government formation in Asia.

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Margaret (Molly) Ariotti

Molly was a graduate student in the CP Group. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on political institutions in African democracies, with a particular emphasis on Francophone Africa. Molly has lived and worked in France, and conducted extensive field work in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso and Dakar in Senegal.  Her research has been published in Political Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, and on The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post. More information can be found at her website and on her Google scholar profile.

Charles Crabtree

Charles was a graduate student in the CP Group. He is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College, a Senior Data Scientist (Research Fellow) at the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research, and a Visiting Scholar in the Donia Human Rights Center at the University of Michigan. In fall 2020, he will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on fairness in politics, with applications to the study of discrimination, repression, and human rights. His research has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics [x2], and Political Analysis, among other journals. More information can be found at his website and on his Google scholar profile.

Yaoyao Dai

Yaoyao was a graduate student in the CP Group. She is currently a post-doctoral associate in the Social Science Division at New York University Abu Dhabi. In fall 2020, she will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at UNC Charlotte. Her substantive research focuses on authoritarian politics, populism, and information manipulation. Her methodological research focuses on computational social science, quantitative text analysis, measurement, and experiments. Her research has been published in Research & Politics and the Journal of Public Management.  More information can be found at her website.

Ben Ferland

Ben was a post-doctoral student in the CP Group. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on political representation and electoral systems, with a special interest in governments/parties and public responsiveness. His research has been published in the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, Politics & Gender, West European Politics, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, among other journals. More information can be found at his website and on his Google scholar profile.

Jennifer Heckman

Jen was an undergraduate student in the CP Group. As a CP Group member, she worked with Kostanca Dhima and Matt Golder on a project looking at women’s political representation in Africa. Jen completed her Bachelor’s degree at Pennsylvania State University in 2018 with a major in International Politics: National Security and minors in French Language and Security & Risk Analysis. After graduating, Jen started working for the US Department of Defense.

Christiana (Christy) Nisbet

Christy was an undergraduate student in the CP Group. As a CP Group member, she worked with Molly Ariotti and Sona Golder on a project looking at ministerial portfolio allocation in Africa.  Christy completed her Bachelor’s degree at Pennsylvania State University in 2017 with a major in Political Science and minors in Anthropology and French. After graduating, Christy started working for the US federal government.