Burt L. Monroe

Burt L. Monroe

Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science, Social Data Analytics, and Information Sciences

Director, Program in Social Data Analytics (SoDA)

Director, Big Data Social Science IGERT (BDSS)

Director, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (QuaSSI)

207 Pond Lab (Dept of Political Science)
B001 Sparks, "The Databasement" (SoDA / BDSS-IGERT / QuaSSI)

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-9215

Office Hours:

  • By appointment
  • https://burtmonroe.youcanbook.me/


  1. D.Phil., Politics, Oxford University, 1994.
  2. M.S., Technology & Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990.
  3. B.S., Applied Science (Electrical Engineering), University of Louisville, 1988.


Burt Monroe's research is in comparative politics, examining the impact of electoral and legislative institutions on political behavior and outcomes, and methodology, especially data-intensive and computationally-intensive settings at the intersection of data science and social science. He is director of the Legislative Speech Projects, a set of multidisciplinary projects with political scientists, computational linguists, and statisticians, examining democratic representation through the text analytics of parliamentary speech. This team was awarded the 2006 Gosnell Prize for Excellence in Political Methodology. He is Director of Penn State's interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Social Data Analytics [SoDA], the NSF-funded Big Data Social Science [BDSS] IGERT, and the Quantitative Social Science Initiative [QuaSSI]. He has been Principal Investigator for over $4 million of sponsored grants for research, education, training, and infrastructure. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Political Analysis. He was a Rhodes Scholar and received his D. Phil from Oxford University in 1994. Prior to joining the Department of Political Science at Penn State, he was a faculty member at Indiana University and Michigan State University, and a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University.