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Burt L Monroe

Burt L Monroe

Professor, Department of Political Science

Director, Quantitative Social Science Initiative

Director, Big Data Social Science IGERT

230 Pond Lab (Dept of Political Science)
B001 Sparks, "The Databasement" (QuaSSI / BDSS-IGERT)

University Park , PA 16802


  1. D.Phil., Politics, Oxford University, 1994.
  2. M.S., Technology & Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990.
  3. B.S., Applied Science (Electrical Engineering), University of Louisville, 1988.


Professor Monroe's research is in comparative politics, examining the impact of electoral and legislative institutions on political behavior and outcomes, and social science methodology, examining the development and application of Bayesian methods, measurement models, mixed methods, and the interplay of data science and social science. He is director of the Legislative Speech Projects, a set of multidisciplinary projects with political scientists, computational linguists, and statisticians, examining democratic representation through the analysis of parliamentary speech. This team was awarded the 2006 Gosnell Prize for Excellence in Political Methodology. He is Director of Penn State's Quantitative Social Science Initiative, and Director of the Big Data Social Science IGERT, an NSF-funded training program for PhD students in political science, sociology, human development, demography, geography, information science, computer science, and statistics. He has been Principal Investigator on over $4 million of sponsored grants for research, education, training, and infrastructure. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Political Analysis. He was a Rhodes Scholar and received his D. Phil from Oxford University in 1994. Prior to joining the Department of Political Science at Penn State, he was a faculty member at Indiana University and Michigan State University, and a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University.