What are the odds your vote will not count?

MIT professor’s study quantifies how many mail-in ballots became “lost votes” in the 2016 U.S. federal election.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: politics research government school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science voting-and-elections

How many votes will be counted after election night?

Study measures the “blue shift” from absentee and provisional ballots, underscores uncertainties of 2020 vote.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 15, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: politics research government school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science voting-and-elections

Fotini Christia named director of the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center

Political science professor will spearhead the Institute’s interdisciplinary center that studies high-impact, complex societal challenges.

Terri Park | MIT Schwarzman College of Computing • mit
Oct. 14, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: data networks research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences faculty technology-and-society idss political-science administration mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing

Finding patterns in the noise

Using novel computational approaches, graduate student Sean Liu develops better tools for analyzing data.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Oct. 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 china pandemic data profile research students graduate-postdoctoral school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science

Why do banking crises occur?

In a new book, political scientist David Singer finds two key factors connected to financial-sector collapses around the globe.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: finance research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences faculty political-science books-and-authors banking


Study uses physics to explain democratic elections

U.S. elections have become more “unstable,” sometimes swinging in the opposite direction from the greater electorate’s preferences.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics politics social-sciences research government school-of-science political-science voting-and-elections

Investigating the power of group think

Political science doctoral student Clara Vandeweerdt studies how identity shapes beliefs on complex political topics such as climate change.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Political Science • mit
Nov. 7, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: politics media graduate social-sciences research behavior students media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science science-communications postdoctoral

What makes for better bureaucracy?

Political science PhD candidates Guillermo Toral and Tugba Bozcaga find that government-appointed officials deliver the goods — given the right circumstances.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Political Science • mit
Oct. 21, 2019 ~10 min

Tags: international-development graduate research government students school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science postdoctoral

A look at Japan’s evolving intelligence efforts

New book examines the past and future of Japanese intelligence services in a rapidly shifting world.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 8, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: politics japan research asia school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science books-and-authors international-studies

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