Recent Bulletins

Inaugural QSS Director of Undergraduate Research has been appointed
Posted on: 06/14/2017

Assistant Professor of Government Sean Westwood was recently appointed as the inaugural Director of Undergraduate Research (DUR) in the Program in Quantitative Social Science (QSS).  Westwood was also appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in the program, and he will serve as DUR for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.  The responsibility of the DUR is to coordinate and guide the honors theses written by students majoring in QSS and to advise and guide the research projects developed by QSS minor students.  Westwood teaches a QSS course, Computational Text Analysis, as well.

Article Describing the Political Attitudes of Dartmouth Students, Written by QSS Students, Covered in National Media
Posted on: 05/17/2017

Alexander Agadjanian `18 and Amanda Zhou `19, both of whom are pursuing majors in the Program in Quantitative Social Science, demonstrated their statistical and data visualization skills in a recent article in The Dartmouth, “A Survey of Dartmouth Political Landscape,” (here). The article has been cited by The New York Times (here) and several other media outlet including Fox News. 

Student research is a key component of the curriculum of the Program in Quantitative Social Science.
Posted on: 04/19/2017

All students pursuing a minor or a major in QSS must complete independent research projects. Students finishing the major in QSS devote a full academic year to an honors thesis, and students working toward the minor in QSS spend a quarter on an independent project.  All QSS research projects are advised by Dartmouth faculty members, and both major and minor projects must be publicly defended upon completion.

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On May 23, Dawit Workie ’17 ("The Effects of Anticipated Regret on Decision-Making") and Shirley Wang ’17 ("Prevalence and Stigmatization of Eating Disorders: A Quantitative Analysis of Athletic Activity, Body Image, and Stigmatized Attitudes") will present their honors theses. The Dartmouth Events Calendar link can be seen here. Then on May 24 and May 30, Abhilasha Gokulan ’18, Jack F. Heneghan ’18, Manfei Ma '17, Sarah D. Portman ’17, and Dalton J. White ’17 will defend their minor projects.

All QSS presentations are open to the public.  

The May 23 event takes place in Silsby Hall 215 and begins at 5:00pm; presentations on May 24 are in the Rockfeller Center, 1930s Room, and begin at 2:10pm; and, May 30 presentations take place in Silsby Hall 215 starting at 4:30pm.

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In a follow-up to the recent QSS course, Sports Analytics, students are organizing a new club focusing on the intersection of sports and statistics.
Posted on: 04/14/2017

A Dartmouth sports analytics club has been launched.  Read the full story in the Dartmouth here.

QSS Postdoctoral Fellow D.J. Flynn is quoted by the American Press Institute
Posted on: 04/07/2017

"If you correct a false claim, they might double down on their existing opinions," says D.J. Flynn, a postdoctoral fellow in quantitative social science, in an article from American Press Institute about people's tendencies to believe misinformation even after it's disproven by fact checkers.  This was the Dartmouth Quote of the Day for April 7, 2017.  Read the full article here.

David Cottrell, Michael Herron and Sean Westwood report their findings concerning the assertions of large-scale voter fraud that have been forthcoming from the Trump administration
Posted on: 02/28/2017

David Cottrell is a postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Quantitative Science (QSS) and teaches the QSS course "By the Numbers: Race, Incarceration and Politics." Michael Herron is a visiting scholar at the Hertie School of Governance and professor of government at Dartmouth College. Sean Westwood is an assistant professor of government at Dartmouth College and teaches the QSS course "Computational Text Analysis."  As with their first analysis of voter fraud in the 2016 election, Cottrell, Herron, and Westwood find no evidence to support the assertions of large-scale voter fraud in New Hampshire that have been forthcoming from the Trump administration. Read the full Washington Post story on their collaborative research here.  Coverage in The Concord Monitor is here. Coverage in The Chronicle of Higher Education is here.  

QSS Steering Committee members John Carey and Brendan Nyhan launch a new initiative to monitor U.S. democratic practices
Posted on: 02/27/2017

QSS Steering Committee members John Carey and Brendan Nyhan, who are both professors in the Government Department, recently launched Bright Line Watch with political scientists at the University of Rochester and Yale University. Bright Line Watch is a new initiative to monitor democratic practices in the U.S. and call attention to threats to American democracy. Their first U.S. Democracy Survey, which surveyed more than 1,500 political scientists in the U.S., was covered by The Upshot at the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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John M. Carey is the Wentworth Professor in the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College, where he was chair of the Department of Government from 2009-2015 and currently serves as a member of the steering committee of the Program in Quantitative Social Science.  His research focuses on the design of democratic institutions.  His books include Legislative Voting & Accountability (Cambridge 2009) and Presidents & Assemblies (Cambridge 1992, with Matthew Shugart).  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Brendan Nyhan is Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and a member of the steering committee of the Program in Quantitative Social Science. Nyhan’s research, which focuses on misperceptions about politics and health care, has been published in journals including the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Medical Care, Pediatrics,  Political Analysis, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Social Networks, and Vaccine. He is a contributor to The Upshot at The New York Times.

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Harry Enten '11, FiveThirtyEight, "Aftermath: What the 2016 Election Taught Us...about Polls, Predictions and American Politics"
Posted on: 02/07/2017

Harry Enten is a senior political analyst and writer for FiveThirtyEight, a data journalism website. He studies polling and demographic trends to try and tell readers who and why candidates and parties win and lose elections. Previously, he was a writer with The Guardian in New York. Harry graduated from Dartmouth College, where he was better known for providing snowfall forecasts to students via blitz. He still loves snow.

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This public talk, jointly sponsored by Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, Government Department, Program in Quantitative Social Science, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, was held on Friday, February 3, 2017. 

For post-event coverage, see the article in The Dartmouth.

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17S QSS Course Offering: By the Numbers: Race, Incarceration and Politics, QSS 30.06
Posted on: 01/11/2017

More than half a century after the height of the Civil Rights Movement, inequalities between black Americans and white Americans persist.  Across a myriad of measures---including health, employment, income, wealth, education, and incarceration---black Americans are fundamentally different than whites. Leveraging contemporary data and modern quantitative techniques, we evaluate black-white racial gaps by the numbers and among other things consider how racial inequalities in the United States might alter the American political landscape. 

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Offered in Spring 2017 at the 10A hour with Professor David Cottrell. (course syllabus)

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QSS 17/GOV 16 Students Participate in a Data Visualization Contest (16F)
Posted on: 12/19/2016

As part of his Fall 2016 Data Visualization classes, Professor Yusaku Horiuchi organized a contest for his students.  The top six student submissions were chosen by voting. These graphics can be viewed here.