Recent Bulletins

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.

"We Checked Trump's Allegations of Voter Fraud. We Found No Evidence At All." (The Washington Post)
Posted on: 12/02/2016

David Cottrell, a postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Quantitative Social Science at Dartmouth College, Michael Herron, a visiting scholar at the Hertie School of Governance and professor of government at Dartmouth College, and Sean Westwood, an assistant professor of government at Dartmouth College, completed an extensive study of voter fraud in the 2016 election.  The details of their methodology and findings can be read here.

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Additional news coverage of this research can be seen here: Valley News.


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17W New Course Offering: Misperceptions in Politics, QSS 30.08 (crosslist GOV 83.09 pending)
Posted on: 10/07/2016

Many citizens hold misperceptions about political facts. To what extent do misperceptions distort people’s preferences and bias public opinion? This seminar examines the causes and consequences of misperceptions, strategies for correcting misperceptions, and the tools scholars use to study misperceptions scientifically. These tools include surveys, experiments, and a widely used statistical computing program (R). Over the course of the quarter, students will collaborate with the instructor to design, execute, and report an original experimental study of misperceptions. Dist: QDS

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Offered in Winter 0217 at the 2 hour with Professor DJ Flynn. (syllabus)

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QSS Steering Committee member Kim Rogers Discusses Her Research and Teaching
Posted on: 10/06/2016

Kim Rogers, an Assistant Professor of Sociology, incorporates mathematical modeling in her research on social interactions.  An interview with The Dartmouth, in which she outlines an overview of her work and teaching, can be read here.

Neukom Institute for Computational Science announces the Neukom Fellows competition for positions starting September 1, 2017
Posted on: 09/22/2016

The Neukom Fellows program is an interdisciplinary postdoctoral program at Dartmouth that may provide another means of working with or being mentored by faculty in our department. Please see the position announcement at

QSS Hosts a Lecture by Andy Eggers, University of Oxford, "Who Votes Strategically?"
Posted on: 08/17/2016

Andy Egger's talk is in Rockefeller 209 on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 4-5:30pm.

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Abstract: Strategic voting is an important explanation for aggregate political phenomena, yet we know little about how strategic voting behavior varies across groups in society. Are right-leaning voters more strategic than left-leaning voters? Are men more strategic than women? Does strategic voting behavior vary with education or income? Addressing these questions requires measuring and controlling for the incentive to cast a tactical vote, but previous measures are ad hoc, limited in application, or both. We introduce a general approach that yields a one-dimensional measure of a voter's incentive to vote tactically. Applying this measure to recent British elections, we show that the propensity to vote strategically was higher among voters on the left and among women but was not related to education or age.

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QSS Co-Sponsors Nate Cohn, The Upshot, NY Times, "Will Obama's America Vote for Trump?"
Posted on: 07/20/2016

The Program in Quantitative Social Science, as a co-sponsor with the Rockefeller Center and the Government Department, hosted campus guest, Nate Cohn, who is the political correspondent for the Upshot, a policy and politics site at the New York Times.

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Nate Cohn's talk "Will Obama's America Vote for Trump?" took place on Thursday, July 14th, in the Rockefeller Center.  For a recording of the talk, please see here.

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QSS Annual Workshop "Policing, Incarceration, and Politics," May 24-25, 2016
Posted on: 05/24/2016

The 2016 Annual Workshop of the Program in Quantitative Social Science is taking place on May 24-25th and is co-sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.  The full schedule can be seen here.

16F New Course Offering: Evolutionary Game Theory and Applications, QSS 30.04
Posted on: 04/21/2016

The course introduces basic concepts in evolutionary game theory, including evolutionarily stable strategies, replicator dynamics, finite populations, and games on networks, along with applications to social evolution, particularly to understanding human cooperation.  Dist: SOC.

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Offered in Fall 2016 at the 10A hour with Professor Feng Fu. (draft course syllabus)

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