An interdisciplinary team of three IGERT Trainees -- Muhammed Idris (Political Science), Jennifer Smith (Geography) and Josh Stevens (Geography) -- developed a visual analytics software tool for complex... More »
I am a political scientist, with joint affiliation in the school of information sciences. I also direct Penn State’s Quantitative Social Science Initiative (QuaSSI).
My own research is in comparative politics (that means I study more than one country), with particular focus on mechanisms of democracy, and political methodology, with particular focus on text analytics and other data-intensive problems.
I direct the Legislative Speech Projects, a collection of multidisciplinary projects among political scientists, computational linguists, and statisticians developing data from the speech records of parliamentary debates, developing methods for analyzing such data, and using these data and methods to better understand democratic representation.