Brief Bio

Joe Sutherland is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. His interests comprise a broad set of topics: voting behavior, partisanship in the electorate and Congress, representation, international political economy, and research methodology. His recent work on ideology and polarization was published by Political Behavior in 2015, and his open-source software doc2text was recognized as a substantial contribution to document processing by YCombinator's Hacker News.

Currently, his focus is on the insights that can be generated by the extraction of text features and latent dimensions from text data in both observational and experimental contexts. His current research applies the techniques and novel corpora he develops to explore executive influence, party coalition mangagement, statute change, survey design, voter behavior, and the political economy of central banks.

Joe received his bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis. There, he studied political behavior, partisanship, and political methodology. His thesis, the first paper to uncover the effect of campaign surrogates (people who stump on behalf of a major candidate), won the Antionette Dames Prize in 2014.

Before starting his Ph.D., Joe worked at The White House and Prattle, a text analytics company.