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.

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. For over two decades, his research has appeared in the leading journals of political science.   Jackman is also the author of Bayesian Analysis for the Social Sciences (Wiley 2009), a widely used statistics textbook with an emphasis on applications in the social sciences.

Between 2009 and 2016 Professor Jackman served as 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. In 2016 and 2017, Jackman served as an expert witness for plaintiffs in two Federal court cases in the United States, the first successful challenges to partisan gerrymandering in the United States in decades. These landmark cases are now before the Supreme Court of the United States. 

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.


  • 26 Apr, 2018

    Towards a Fairer and Stronger TPP

    By Simon Jackman and Jeffrey Wilson
  • 21 Nov, 2017
    United States

    365 Days of Trump

    By Kyle Springer and Professor Simon Jackman
  • 05 Jun, 2016

    Survey on America's Role In The Asia-Pacific

    By The Asian Research Network
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