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Using data driven methods from statistics and machine learning, my work lies at the intersection between social science and computer science.

I am Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University. Prior to that, I was at Oxford University and worked as a Data Scientist in industry. I graduated with a PhD in Political Science from the Graduate School of the University of Mannheim.

You can read my Political Science papers in the Journal of Politics or International Interactions, among others. I presented findings relevant to Computer Science at the International Conference on Machine Learning and the Theory and Practice of Differential Privacy Workshop Series.

I regularly collaborate with private and public institutions as a consultant.

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September 2022 Looking forward to presenting our paper “The Politics of the Psychological Distance” (with Hannah Bechara and Slava Jankin) also at APSA 2022 in MontrĂ©al.

August 2022 I am teaching again at the Hertie Data Science Summer School, this time a workshop on Deep Learning for Multi-Model Systems. You can register here.

July 2022 Hannah Bechara, Slava Jankin and myself just pre-registered the last experiment for our paper on temporal resolution and psychological distance on OSF.

June 2022 We will present our paper “The Politics of the Psychological Distance” (with Hannah Bechara and Slava Jankin) at EPSA 2022 in Prague.

May 2022 I will be running an Introduction to Deep Learning at Comptext 2022. Watch the conference homepage if you want to enroll. And I will also present our paper “The Politics of the Psychological Distance” (with Hannah Bechara and Slava Jankin).

May 2022 How to use Computer Vision for PolSci? Talk at Hertie’s Data Science Lab.

April 2022 I presented “The Politics of the Psychological Distance” (with Hannah Bechara and Slava Jankin) at the morning meeting of the University of Gothenburg’s Research Group on Elections, Public Opinion and Political Behavior.

April 2022 Hannah Bechara, Slava Jankin and myself are studying how humans perceive the psychological distance to events. We think it is driven by how far events are in the future and how fine grained people talk about them. We pre-registered our first experiment on the OSF Project Page.

March 2022 Doug Atkinson, Carsten Schulz and myself presented our paper “The Impact of Minimal Participation Rules on Multilateral Cooperation” at the ISA 2022 Annual Convention.

February 2022 We (Hannah Bechara, Slava Jankin and myself) received funding Hertie to test our theory about temporal resolution, temporal horizon and psychological distance in lab experiments.

February 2022 I will be teaching the Masterclass on Deep Learning at the Q-Step Centre in Warwick again this year. The class is on Feb. 7th—all still online this year. To book, follow this link.

February 2022 The module homepage for the flipped PL9239 Intro to Data Science is live again.

December 2021 Hannah Bechara, Slava Jankin and myself will be presenting our paper “The Politics of Psychological Distance” at the Online Workshop of the Comparative Party Pledges Project organized by Robert Thomson.

November 2021 The paper “Hidden in Plain Sight? Irregularities on Statutory Forms and Electoral Fraud” with Zach Warner, J. Andy Harris and Michelle Brown was just published in the December volume of Electoral Studies.

August 2021 The paper “Scaling Court Decisions with Citation Networks” with Benjamin Engst and Thomas Gschwend is forthcoming in The Journal of Law and Courts.

July 2021 Looking for the material for the Deep Learning Workshop at the CIVICA Summer School? This is the Repo.

July 2021 Jac Larner, Fraser McMillan and I managed to secure funding that will help us collect and annotate the election pledges from Wales’ parties.

July 2021 I will step in as Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies (Research) at the School. Looking forward to keep building an environment that allows our PhD students to thrive.