Will Lowe

Welcome. I am a political methodologist specializing in statistical text analysis with applications to international relations, legislative politics, and frankly anything else that seems interesting. Most recently, social media, mobilization, and central bankers. Though not together, obviously. Some of that is over here.

I work Q-APS in the Department of Politics at Princeton as Senior Research Specialist. My main task is determine what one of those should do.

I’m also a lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School, where I teach Juniors just enough research design and statistics to survive their Junior Papers. I’m also summer instructor at the Freshman Scholars Institute, where in six weeks we teach not-quite-yet Freshmen more causal inference, statistics, and coding than most UK political scientists have met by the time they finish graduate school.

(Yes, you can do this. Expect more from your undergraduates.)

Details of what I write about and the things I teach can be found in the links over to the right or in the trusty CV. You can find also find me answering questions on stats.stackexchange.com, writing code on GitHub, and wittering on Twitter. There’s a blog here too.

Alternatively you can ponder some biographical stuff,¬†or just a picture. Actually I look much older and more worn-out than that, but you’re unlikely to get me to change it before I retire.


Goodness, Austin gets a shout out – well, a link at any rate – as Molly Roberts talks to the Washington Post about an upcoming Political Analysis Virtual Issue on text analysis that has our scaling validation paper in it.

That paper’s also available here, along with a video for those people who would enjoy watching some middle-aged bloke blather about it in a vaguely transatlantic accent and an ill-fitting blazer. Beats me, but NCRM are into this kind of thing.