I am the DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Political Science, Associate Director of the Center for Social Data Analytics, and an Affiliate of the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences at Penn State University. My research is focused on methodological development and applications that further our understanding of the complex interdependence that underlies politics and public policy. Methodologically, I focus on methods for modeling networks, analyzing text, and running experiments on social systems. Primary application areas of interest to Bruce include public policy diffusion and digital communications involving political elites.
I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010). Prior to coming to Penn State, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and an Affiliate of the Computational Social Science Institute at UMass Amherst (2010-2015).