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Nick Beauchamp

Nick Beauchamp
I am an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Political Science and the NULab for Text, Maps and Networks. I received my PhD from the NYU Department of Politics in September, 2012, specializing in U.S. politics (political behavior, campaigns, opinion, political psychology, social media) and political methodology (quantitative text analysis, machine learning, bayesian methods, agent-based models, networks). My dissertation developed new techniques in text analysis to model the interplay between speech, belief, and behavior in legislatures, campaign advertising, and online communication. My current research projects examine argument and long-term opinion change online; the spread and evolution of ideas over Twitter; and predicting and explaining Supreme Court decisions using the text of legal briefs.

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Current and upcoming classes

Social Network Analysis, Spring 2014, POLS 7334 (Website)
Congress, Spring 2014, POLS 3300
Quantitative Techniques, Fall 2013, POLS 2400 (Syllabus)

Education and Employment

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Northeastern University, 2013-

Lecturer in Discipline, Department of Political Science and Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences Program, Columbia University, 2012-2013

Ph.D., Political Science, New York University, September 2012

Committee: Jonathan Nagler, Michael Laver, Nathaniel Beck
Dissertation: "Persuasion, Ideology, and Speech: Using automated text analysis to model opinion formation and change"

M.A., Political Science, New York University, 2007

M.A., Literature in English, Johns Hopkins University, 2001

B.A., Honors in Philosophy, Honors in English, Yale University, 1996

For more details, see my C.V.

Research

Research Interests

American Politics: Political Behavior, Campaigns, Congress, Political Psychology, Online and Social Networks

Political Methodology: Quantitative Text Analysis, Machine Learning, Bayesian Methods, Networks, Agent-based Models, Genetic Algorithms

Publications

"A Bottom-up Approach to Linguistic Persuasion in Advertising," Research Note in The Political Methodologist, Fall 2011

Nicholas Beauchamp, Henry Brady, Richard Fowles, Aviel Rubin, and Jonathan Taylor, 2004: "Findings of an independent panel on allegations of statistical evidence for fraud during the 2004 Venezuelan Presidential recall referendum," Observing the Venezuela Presidential Recall Referendum: Comprehensive Report, The Carter Center, Atlanta.

Working Papers

"Using Text to Scale Legislatures with Uninformative Voting"
ABSTRACT , PDF

"A Bottom-up Approach to Linguistic Persuasion in Advertising"
ABSTRACT , POSTER, PDF

" 'Someone is Wrong on the Internet': Political Argument as the Exchange of Conceptually Networked Ideas"
ABSTRACT , POSTER

"Predicting and Explaining Supreme Court Decisions Using the Texts of Briefs and Oral Arguments"
ABSTRACT

"Blossom: A new evolutionary strategy optimizer with applications to matching and sampling"
ABSTRACT , POSTER , R code

"How do we combine issues? Simultaneously Estimating Spatial Metrics and Utility Functions"
ABSTRACT

Conference Presentations

"Predicting and Interpolating State-level Polling Using Twitter Textual Data," APSA Annual Meeting, August 2013.

"Blossom: A new evolutionary strategy optimizer with applications to matching and sampling," APSA Annual Meeting, August 2013.

"Blossom: A new evolutionary strategy optimizer with applications to matching and sampling," Society for Political Methodology Summer Conference, July 2013.

"'Someone is Wrong on the Internet': Political Argument as the Exchange of Conceptually Networked Ideas," Political Networks Workshops & Conference, June 2013.

"Many Paths to an Opinion: Using the Text of Briefs and Oral Arguments to Predict and Explain Supreme Court Decisions," MPSA Annual National Conference, March 2013

"The Long-Term Effects of Political Argument as an Exchange of Ideas," MPSA Annual National Conference, March 2013

"Predicting and Explaining Supreme Court Decisions Using the Texts of Briefs and Oral Arguments," APSA Annual Meeting, September 2012 (canceled due to weather)

"A Hidden Markov Topic Model for Predicting Ideology and Opinion Change," Society for Political Methodology Summer Conference, July 2012

"A Correlated Topic Model of Online Political Argument and Opinion Change," MPSA Annual National Conference, March 2012

"A Bottom-up Approach to Linguistic Persuasion in Advertising," APSA Annual Meeting, September 2011

"A Generative Model of Political Argumentation with Correlated Topics and Strategic Speech," Society for Political Methodology Summer Conference, July 2011

"A Bottom-up Approach to Linguistic Persuasion in Advertising," Saint Louis Area Methods Meeting, April 2011

"Persuading Voters With Lots of Words: Predicting the Effects of TV Ads Using One-at-a-time Regression and Automated Text Analysis," MPSA Annual National Conference, March 2011

"How to Scale Legislatures with Text," Text as Data 2nd Annual Conference, March 2011

"Persuading voters with lots of words: A new technique for predicting the effects of TV ads using automated text analysis," Society for Political Methodology Summer Conference, July 2010

Tools for Text conference/workshop participant; "How to Scale Legislatures with Text" on recommended reading list, June 2010

Teaching

Social Networks, Lecturer, Columbia University, Spring 2013 (Syllabus and reading list)
Data Analysis for the Social Sciences, Lecturer, Columbia University, Fall 2012, Spring 2013 (Syllabus)
Math for Political Scientists, Lecturer, Columbia, Fall 2012 (Syllabus)
Power and Politics in America, Teaching Assistant, NYU, Spring 2011
Math for Political Science, Teaching Assitant, NYU, Fall 2008
Game Theory I, Teaching Assitant, NYU, Spring 2008
Quantitative Methods I, Teaching Assitant, NYU, Fall 2007

Earlier teaching
Politics and Fiction, Instructor, Agnes Scott College, Fall 2003
Politics, Science and Fiction, Graduate Instructor, Johns Hopkins University, Fall 2001, Spring 2002
Postmodern Political Fictions, Graduate Instructor, Johns Hopkins University, Fall 1999, Spring 2000
19th Century Literature; American Literature, Teaching Assistant, Johns Hopkins University, Fall 1998, Spring 1999

For more teaching, see my C.V.

Sample syllabi
Sample graduate syllabus on Public Opinion and Political Psychology.
Sample undergraduate syllabus on Congress.
Sample methods syllabi on Bayesian Methods, and on Statistical Learning.

Contact

Nicholas Beauchamp
Department of Political Science
301 Meserve Hall
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115

Office: Meserve 317
Email: n D0T beauchamp @northeastern.edu
Web: nickbeauchamp.com