About

I am a Professor and Head of Department of Political Science at University College London. My research is focused on the development of new methods for the measurement of political preferences and beliefs from survey, voting, network and text data. Currently my work is focused on public opinion and political behaviour in the UK, but my previous research has considered applications to citizens, legislators and judges across the US, UK, EU and beyond.

I have been a Senior Data Science Advisor to YouGov since 2016 and was previously an Associate Editor of the American Political Science Review (2016-2020). I worked at the London School of Economics from 2011 to 2018.

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I have just completed a 3.75 year tenure as an associate editor of the American Political Science Review. Over that time, as one of six associate editors, I have managed the review process for 742 manuscripts, about 200 per year. Here are some departing thoughts on the job in no particular order and with no overarching thesis. I wish the new editorial team well. Being an editor is a constant, low-level source of stress.

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The slide deck linked below reports an initial performance review for the YouGov MRP model of the 2019 UK general election. As I noted in a series of tweets the day after the election the overall performance was mixed. The headline Conservative seat prediction was too low (339 vs 365), but on many other metrics the model performed well, capturing many important features of how party vote shares changed across UK constituencies versus the previous election in 2017.

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