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 role of money in politics. In my book project project, I examine different ways in which money enters the political arena: through bribes, campaign contributions, and the "revolving door." I show that there is a strategic choice between them and that which one is prevalent has consequences for voters, policy, political competition, and the qualities of politicians who run for office.

In my second focus area, I use large-scale event data and latent network models to quantify how cooperative or conflictual public relationships among political and societal actors are. 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, among others, the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, and Political Science Research and Methods.