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 that’s social media, mobilization, and central bankers. But not together, obviously. Some of that stuff is over here.

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

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.

In the summer I teach POL 245 at the Freshman Scholars Institute where we teach incoming students 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.


I’ll be discussing two great papers and hearing a bunch more at Text As Data 2016 at Northeastern at the end of the week.

Thanks to all at the Department of Government at the University of Vienna, and at the Department of Political Science at the Central European University in Budapest for the invitations to speak about scaling. Great questions, minimal sleeping, and a big pile of penguins. (You had to be there).