SPOTLIGHT: Justin Grimmer

Executive Committee Member, Masters in Computational Social Science Program


Justin Grimmer, Associate Professor of Political Science and the College, has been at UChicago since the fall of 2017. His research examines how representation occurs in American politics using new statistical methods. His first book Representational Style in Congress: What Legislators Say and Why It Matters (Cambridge University Press, 2013) shows how senators define the type of representation they provide constituents and how this affects constituents' evaluations. It won the American Political Science Association's Richard F. Fenno Jr. Prize, which is awarded to the best book in legislative studies published the previous year. 

His second book The Impression of Influence: How Legislator Communication and Government Spending Cultivate a Personal Vote (Princeton Unviversity Press, 2014, with Sean J. Westwood and Solomon Messing) demonstrates how legislators ensure they receive credit for government actions.  His work has appeared in the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsPolitical AnalysisProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Regulation and Governance, and other journals.


Recent Publications

Discovery of Treatments from Text Corpora (with Christian Fong)Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2016) Berlin, Germany​. January 2016.

Money in Exile: Campaign Contributions and Committee Access (with Eleanor Neff Powell), Journal of Politics Supplemental Appendix. October 2015.

Measuring Representational Style in the House: The Tea Party, Obama and Legislators' Changing Expressed Priorities in Data Analytics in Social Science, Government, and Industry Edited Volume from Cambridge University Press. 2016.   ​

We're All Social Scientists Now: How Big Data, Machine Learning, and Causal Inference Work Together PS: Political Science & Politics 48(1), 80-83​. 2015.