Professor Simon Jackman

Professor Simon Jackman
Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre

Professor Simon Jackman

Professor Jackman commenced as CEO of the US Studies Centre in April 2016. He is also a Professor of Political Science and (by courtesy) Statistics at Stanford University.

Professor Jackman's teaching and research at Stanford University has centred on public opinion, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems with special emphasis on American and Australian politics. His research has appeared in the leading journals of political science, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Analysis, the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies and the Australian Journal of Political Science. Jackman is the author of Bayesian Analysis for the Social Sciences (Wiley 2009), a widely used textbook on Bayesian statistical methods with an emphasis on applications in the social sciences.

Since 2009, Professor Jackman has been one of the Principal Investigators of the American National Election Studies, the world’s longest running and most authoritative survey of political behaviour and attitudes, directing this project over both the 2012 and 2016 presidential election cycles in the United States. Prior to his stewardship of ANES, Professor Jackman directed a number of large, on-line survey projects ahead of the 2008 and 2000 US presidential election cycles.

Professor Jackman is also well known for his work on poll averaging, combining polls over the course of an election campaign to produce better predictions of election outcomes; he partnered with the Huffington Post in the American 2012 presidential election and with Guardian Australia during the 2013 Australian election, supplying exclusive analysis and commentary on pre-election polling.

Professor Jackman was born and raised in Brisbane, and graduated with first class Honours in Government from the University of Queensland. Jackman earned his doctorate at the University of Rochester and Princeton University. His first academic appointment was at the University of Chicago, followed by a Visiting Fellowship at Australian National University, prior to taking up his appointment at Stanford.

In 2013, Professor Jackman was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a past president and Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology.


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    United States

    365 Days of Trump

    By Kyle Springer and Simon Jackman
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    Survey on America's Role In The Asia-Pacific

    By The Asian Research Network
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