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Christopher Adolph

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Ph.D., Political Science, Harvard University, 2005
A.M., Political Science, Harvard University, 2000
B.A., Political Science, Economics, and History, Rice University, 1998

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Christopher Adolph is Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he is also Adjunct Professor of Statistics and a member of the core faculty of the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan and is a regular instructor in the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis. He is the faculty lead for the COVID-19 State Policy Project, a team of political scientists and public health researchers at the University of Washington tracking and analyzing social distancing and mask policies across the U.S. states during 2020-2021.

Christopher Adolph is the author of Bankers, Bureaucrats, and Central Bank Politics: The Myth of Neutrality (Cambridge University Press), winner of the International Political Science Association's Charles H. Levine Prize for best contribution in comparative policy and administration. His research on comparative political economy, health policy, and quantitative methods has appeared in American Political Science Review, JAMAThe LancetNature MedicinePerspectives on PoliticsPolitical Analysis, Social Science & MedicineWorld Development, and other journals.


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Courses Taught

CSSS 321/SOC 321/STAT 321: Case-Based Statistics (Course Website)

POLS 409/ECON 409: Political Economy of the Great Recession and its Aftermath (Course Website)

POLS 510/CSSS 510: Maximum Likelihood Methods for the Social Sciences (Course Website)

CSSS 569: Visualizing Data (Course Website)

CSSS 594 / POLS 559: Time Series and Panel Data for the Social Sciences (Course Website)


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