Welcome

You've reached Dan Pemstein's website. I'm an assistant professor of political science at North Dakota State University. I'm a comparative political economist and methodologist who specializes in measurement and builds statistical tools to answer substantive questions about political institutions, focusing particularly on legislative behavior, political careers, and, more recently, digital politics and the political economy of development.

I am involved in a number of software and data projects. In particular, I am a co-author of the Scythe Statistical Library, an open source C++ library for statistical computation, and a co-developer of the Unified Democracy Scores, a set of measures that leverage the efforts of a variety of experts to provide a composite scale of democracy, accompanied by estimates of measurement uncertainty. I also serve as project manager for measurement methods for, and sit on the steering committee of, the Varieties of Democracy project.

My research has been funded by a variety of sources including the National Science Foundation, Google, the International Growth Centre, the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, and—through sub-contracts from the University of Gothenburg—the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Research

You can find my publications, selected working papers, and some data below. Take a look at my CV or google scholar profile for more information.

Publications

Selected Working Papers

Data

  • Unified Democracy Scores

    A set of measures that leverage the efforts of a variety of experts to provide a composite scale of democracy, accompanied by estimates of measurement uncertainty. The scores are available for virtually every country in the world from 1946 through 2012.

  • Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem)

    V-Dem is a collaborative project, involving around 3,000 social scientists and policy practitioners worldwide, that seeks to measure hundreds of the regime characteristics that underpin democratic government, both cross-nationally and over time. The comparative politics section of the American Political Science Association selected V-Dem for the 2015 Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award.

  • My Dataverse

Teaching

Courses

Workshops

Computing