Will Lowe

I am a political methodologist specializing in statistical text analysis with applications to international relations, legislative politics, and frankly anything else that seems interesting.

For the next few days I’m Senior Researcher at the MZES and a C4 Project lead at the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 884, both at the University of Mannheim.

On August 1st I’ll join Q-APS in the Department of Politics at Princeton as Senior Research Specialist. My main task will be to discover what one of those is.

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 – inevitably – 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.


Everything’s in a container. But we’ll get it all back in time for Christmas. Probably.

My modern and minimalist German house contents have been squeezed into a container and in a week or so Dr B.’s fine Victorian furniture, paintings, and carpets will suffer the same fate. Then they’ll sail the Atlantic and meet up in New Jersey. We’re going to lock them in a house together for a bit to let them get used to each other, but we think they’ll get along fine.

On July 8 I’ll be giving the Department Kolloquium at the University of Konstanz on the topic of ‘Scale all the things: Ideal point estimation from count data’. Participants at the Automated Content Analysis conference at the University of Zurich the week before don’t need to attend, unless you’d like to hear the same materials slower, in a cooler room, and with more jokes about the FDP.