You've reached Dan Pemstein's website. I'm an associate 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 the interplay between legislative behavior, political careers, and party organization. I also work extensively on measuring democratic institutions and am developing complementary research programs in 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, NORC at the University of Chicago's USAID-supported Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance program, 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 candidates parties, and legislative behavior, digital politics, measuring democratic institutions, and assorted other topics below. Take a look at my CV, google scholar profile, or dataverse for more information.

Candidates, Parties, and Legislative Behavior

Digital Politics

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

Everything Else