Dan GingerichDan Gingerich is the director of the QC and Associate Professor of Politics. His research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of corruption and clientelism in Latin America as well as developing new methodologies to study these phenomena.  Gingerich has published articles in journals such as Political Analysis, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Economics and Politics, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. He is the author of Political Institutions and Party-Directed Corruption in South America: Stealing for the Team (Cambridge University Press, series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions). He is on research leave during academic year 2016-2017.

Steering Committee


Anne MengAnne Meng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research centers on political institutions in dictatorship and authoritarian durability, using formal theory and statistical methods. Her work has a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, and she is also interested in finding new and creative ways to collect data on authoritarian institutions.

Jonathan KropkoJonathan Kropko attended Ohio State University, and then received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina in 2011.  He recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in applied statistics at Columbia University. His research involves the development of new statistical techniques to facilitate research in political and the social sciences. He is currently working on methods to examine historical data, to test theories of voting in U.S. presidential elections, and to handle nonresponse in surveys.  Jonathan teaches graduate seminars in quantitative research methodology.


Maxim Engers is a Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia.  He works in the economics of information and applications of game theory.   His published work has studied topics as diverse as sanctions in international relations, auctions to raise money for charitable purposes, and the role of the ordering of coauthors of academic papers in signifying their relative contributions.  He has taught at the University of Strasbourg in France, the University of New South Wales in Australia and the University of Cape Town in South Africa and has served as a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a consultant for the World Bank in Washington D.C. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and undergraduate degrees from the University of Cape Town in Economics, Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics and Computer Science.

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Eric Turkheimer, Eric (ent3c)

turkheimersquareDSC_2762Eric Turkheimer grew up in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, raised by his parents Nathan Turkheimer and Barbara Tack Turkheimer. He graduated from Croton Harmon High School in 1971, received his B. A. from Haverford College in 1976 and studied clinical psychology and behavior genetics under Lee Willerman and John Loehlin at the University of Texas at Austin. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Texas in 1985 and a clinical internship at the University of California, San Francisco in 1986, he accepted a faculty position in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia, where he is currently Hugh Scott Hamilton Professor of psychology. From 2003 to 2008 he was Director of Clinical Training. Turkheimer has been an Associate Editor for Psychological Assessment, is currently an Associate Editor of Behavior Genetics and has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Perspectives on Psychological Sciece. In 2009, he was awarded the James Shields Memorial Award for outstanding research in Behavioral Genetics. He is a past President of the Behavior Genetics Association.

Turkheimer’s research has encompassed many of the substantive and methodological themes common to behavioral genetic researchers: data from adoptees, twins, siblings, parents and children to investigate intelligence, personality, psychopathology and family dynamics; experimental and quasi-experimental research designs, statistical modeling, synthesis of empirical results, and, perhaps most characteristically, philosophy of science. His current research includes detection of G by E interactions in twin studies of intelligence, development of statistical methods for analyses of children of twins, and the use of twins to establish quasi-experimental control in studies of developmental associations between parenting behavior and offspring outcomes in adolescence. His overarching research goal is to explore the possibilities and limitations of behavior genetics as a means of expanding the scope and rigor of human behavioral science.



Tom GuterbockThomas M. Guterbock, founding director of the UVA Center for Survey Research, received extensive training in quantitative, multivariate methods and has applied these in CSR research, publications and his applied work. In his role as senior project designer and project director for the Center, he has originated and implemented numerous studies, including many that involve either complex sampling, complex questionnaire protocols, or complex analysis strategies. Dr. Guterbock’s clients at the Center include local governments, state agencies, non-profit organzations, and private companies. He is among the Commonwealth of Virginia’s best known researchers. He is well known for his creativity in designing applied research projects across a variety of fields, and for his ability to devise workable, smooth flowing questionnaires. Dr. Guterbock is also Professor of Sociology, and Research Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he teaches survey research methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Dr. Guterbock serves as either principal investigator or officer-in-charge to nearly all of the Center’s projects, thus assuring high standards of quality for research products.

Adam SlezAdam Slez is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. His research lies at the intersection of historical and political sociology. His work addresses questions related to the evolution of electoral politics in the United States, incorporating incorporate spatial and relational data analysis along with more traditional forms of historical inquiry in an effort to help explain political action as a contextually-specific practice.


JH Jeff Holt has a B.A. from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. He has been teaching mathematics for over 20 years, the last eleven at the University of Virginia. He currently has a joint appointment in the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Statistics at UVA. During his career, Holt has won several awards for teaching. He has had NSF grants to support student math and science scholarships, the implementation of a computer-based homework system, and the development of an innovative undergraduate number theory course which later was turned into the text Discovering Number Theory coauthored with John Jones. In his spare time he enjoys lowering the value of his house with do-it-yourself home-improvement projects.

Dan SpitznerDan Spitzner is Associate Professor of Statistics. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include high dimensional inference, functional data analysis, and shrinkage estimation.

Faculty Affiliates


Fraser Neiman
John Shepherd


Maxim Engers
Leora Friedberg
James Harrigan
Charlie Holt
Bill Johnson
Amalia Miller
Denis Nekipelov
John Pepper
Sheetal Sekhri
Sarah Turner


Mark Thomas


Paul Freedman
Pete Furia
Dan Gingerich
Jeff Jenkins
David Leblang
Carol Mershon
Sonal Pandya
Lynn Sanders
Leonard Schoppa
Todd Sechser
David Waldner
Nick Winter


Brian Nosek
Erik Turkheimer


Rae Blumberg
Liz Gorman
Tom Guterbock
Paul Kingston
Josipa Roksa
Adam Slez
Milton Vickerman
Brad Wilcox


Ted Chang
Jeff Holt
Dan Spitzner


Michele Claibourn
Charles Kromkowski
Martha Sites
Donna Tolson


Daphne Bassok
Dan Berch
David Breneman
Jennifer Chiu
Jason Downer
David Grissmer
Tom Konold
Andy Mashburn
J. Patrick Meyer
James Peugh
Jim Wyckof


Sophie Trawalter
Craig Volden


Wendy Cohn
Mark Conaway
Holly Lord
Jason Lyman
Stephen Turner