Brian Wallheimer | February 1, 2017
Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science added two new faculty members this year, growing its roster of experts in American and comparative politics.
Assistant Professor Jeff Harden, previously an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, studies American politics, including political representation, public policy diffusion, and state politics. Assistant Professor Michael Hoffman studies Middle East politics and democratization.
“We are fortunate to have hired both of these exemplary scholars who are doing cutting-edge research,” said David Campbell, chair of the department and the Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy. “They each blend rigor and relevance in their research and teaching—asking big questions that they answer with sophistication and nuance.”
Data and democracy
Harden’s political methodology research focuses on interpretation and communication of statistical models, network inference, and simulation.
He also explores the connection the American public has with government officials on the state level. He’s interested in how well different groups are represented and how differences amongst state governments affect relationships between citizens and the government.