Recent Bulletins

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.

"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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