Sirus Bouchat





I am an Assistant Professor of political methodology at Northwestern University, serving as core faculty in the Political Science department and the Institute for Complex Systems (NICO). I am the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences lead for the AI@NU initiative. I received my PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017.

My research interests are in computational social science, at the intersection of political methodology and comparative politics. My methodological work is motivated by the challenges of small-n and manipulated data in authoritarian regimes, and in particular is informed by my substantive expertise in Myanmar and regional focus on Southeast Asia. My work utilizes text-as-data and Bayesian approaches to reconcile information from both qualitative and quantitative data.

I hold a Bachelor's degree (2008) in International Studies from the University of Chicago, a Master in Public Policy (2011) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Master in Agricultural and Applied Economics (2016) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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