You've reached Dan Pemstein's website. I'm an associate professor of Political Science, and faculty fellow of the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth, at North Dakota State University. I'm a comparative political economist and methodologist who specializes in measurement and builds statistical tools to answer substantive, policy-relevant, questions about political institutions. While much of my work examines the interplay between legislative behavior, political careers, and party organization, my research also increasingly focuses on digital politics and policy, criminal justice policy, 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, co-PI of the Digital Society Project, and a co-developer of the Unified Democracy Scores. 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, the International Growth Centre, NORC at the University of Chicago's USAID-supported Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance program, Facebook, Google, 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.


You can find publications, working papers, and data related to my research on digital politics and policy, candidates parties, and legislative behavior, measuring democratic institutions, and assorted other topics below. Take a look at my CV, google scholar profile, or dataverse for more information.

Digital Politics and Policy

Candidates, Parties, Careers, and Legislative Behavior

Measuring Democratic Institutions (V-Dem, UDS, and Related Methods)

Everything Else