Recent Bulletins

QSS Faculty publish findings on attitudes to refugees in Science Advances
Posted on: 09/06/2017

DJ Flynn, a postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Quantitative Social Science, and Yusaku Horiuchi, an affiliated faculty member in the program who teaches a popular data visualization course, have published a new article in Science Advances.  This article, which is co-authored with Jeremy Fewerda of the Department of Government, is an analysis of attitudes in the United States toward refugee resettlement. Ferwerda, Flynn, and Horiuchi show that Americans are less supportive of refugee resettlement locally than they are elsewhere in the United States.  This highlights how refugee resettlement is a collective action problem facing the country.  Ferwerda, Flynn, and Horiuchi also show that threatening media frames reduce support for refugee resettlement. In addition to the article in Science Advances, this research has also been covered in CITYLAB, (Even Liberals Can be Refugee NIMBYs) and in The Dartmouth News (Study Shows Support for Refugees Drops Off Closer to Home).

QSS Fellow published in Journal of Politics
Posted on: 08/31/2017

Erik Peterson, a postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Quantitative Social Science, has published an article in Journal of Politics on the role of information in partisan voting. Erik received his doctorate in political science from Stanford University in 2017 and started his fellowship at Dartmouth in August. Using a survey experiment and an observational study of voting in Congressional elections, Erik's article shows that more informative media environments reduce voters' reliance on partisanship to evaluate politicians. Erik's dissertation at Stanford was titled "Causes and Consequences of News Media Content." At Dartmouth, Erik will work on a project examining the political consequences of the widespread layoffs of newspaper journalists that have occurred over the past decade.

QSS Steering Committee Member Earns American Political Science Award
Posted on: 08/30/2017

QSS Steering Committee member Brendan Nyhan was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Emerging Scholar Award for 2017.  Professor Nyhan shared this honor with Peter K. Enns of Cornell University.  This award is presented annually to the top scholar in the field of elections and voting behavior who is within 10 years of her or his doctorate.  Professor Nyhan studies the relationship between misperceptions and behavior and how to correct incorrect information in ways that might produce different outcomes.  His work covers a wide range of topics, including conspiracy theories, public financing, media fact checking, the role of Congressional staff in policy making, campaign strategy, political persuasion, and social networks.  Professor Nyhan has published in top academic journals and writes for the New York Times Upshot blog.  Along with QSS Steering Committee member John Carey, Professor Nyhan is a cofounder of Bright Line Watch, a group of four political scientists who “monitor democratic practices and call attention to threats to American Democracy.”

QSS Director of Undergraduate Research is cited in a New York Times article.
Posted on: 06/19/2017

Sean Westwood, Director of Undergraduate Research in the Program in Quantitative Social Science and Assistant Professor of Government, studies political behavior and representation.  His research was recently discussed in the New York Times (see here) in a column exploring the sources of partisan division in the United States.  Professor Westwood, whose research has been referenced in The New York Times on multiple occasions, is currently working on several experiments exploring the effects of probabilisitic election forecasts on voter turnout.   He is also documenting changes in the post-Trump era in tolerance for partisan-based discrimination.

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.