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Bruce Desmarais
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Bruce is an Associate Professor of Political Science and an Affiliate of the Institute for Cyber Science at Penn State University. Bruce's research is focused on methodological development and applications that further our understanding of the complex interedependence that underlies law and policymaking. Network analysis, text as data, time series, and field experiments are the primary methods developed and/or applied in the research conducted by Bruce's lab. Primary application areas of interest to Bruce include public policy diffusion, campaign finance, legislative networks, internal government communication networks, and connections between scientific expertise and regulatory policymaking.

Professor Desmarais holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010) and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Eastern Connecticut State University (2005). Prior to coming to Penn State, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and an Affiliate of the Computational Social Science Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2010-2015).

Recent News

03/26/2017 New R package NetworkInference released.
03/15/2017 New version of R package GERGM released.
03/08/2017Preprints for chapter recently to appear in The Oxford Handbook of Political Networks, "Statistical Inference in Political Networks Research."
12/18/2016Preprints for article recently accepted at Political Analysis, "What can we learn from predictive modeling?"
11/09/2016Preprints for article recently accepted at Social Networks, "Stochastic Weighted Graphs: Flexible Model Specification and Simulation."

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