Simon Weschle. Assistant Professor, Syracuse University.

I am a Political Scientist with a focus on comparative democratic representation and accountability. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Syracuse University. Before that, I was a Junior Research (Postdoctoral) Fellow at the Carlos III-Juan March Institute in Madrid, Spain. I received my PhD in 2015 from Duke University.

My research has two major focus areas. The first is the influence of special interests on politics. In my main project, I examine different ways in which special interest money enters politics: through bribes, campaign contributions, and the "revolving door." I show that the choice between them is strategic and that this has consequences for voters, policy, and political competition.

In my second focus area, I use large-scale event data and latent network models to develop a spatial representations of public cooperation and conflict among and between political and societal actors. I am currently working on a series of papers that use the approach to study political representation, the Eurozone crisis, and party positions. Finally, I have an interest in quantitative methodology, in particular in approaches that address systematic measurement error. My work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, and Political Science Research and Methods, among others.