Aaron is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at University of California - Los Angeles studying American and Comparative Politics. He is originally from Newfoundland, Canada. Aaron's dissertation focuses on elite ideology, position-taking, and message transmission in developed democracies including the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. In plain English: how and why politicians take the positions they do, how they communicate these positions to the public, how we as scientists can measure those positions, and how voters reward or punish position-taking. Methodologically, Aaron's interests include large-scale data scraping, text as data, multidimensional scaling, and machine learning applications for causal inference in the social sciences. He is a programmer on the NOMINATE/voteview.com project, which provides estimated ideological positions for U.S. congressional representatives and senators through history.
Position: Phd Candidate
Institution / Affiliation : University of California -- Los Angeles Department of Political Science and Statistics
Geographical Region: Europe, North America
Methodology: Experimental Design, Statistics