- Professor Desmarais holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010) and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Eastern Connecticut State University (2005). Prior to coming to Penn State, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and an Affiliate of the Computational Social Science Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2010-2015).
Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Affiliate of the Institute for Cyber Science at Penn State University. Professor Desmarais' research focuses on the development and application of statistical methods in the study of Social and Political systems that are characterized by interdependence and structural complexity. Network analysis is the primary methodological approach in his research. Areas of application include international conflict and cooperation among countries, campaign finance and co-sponsorship networks in the US Congress, digital communication networks in local government, diffusion of public policies across the US states, and the interconnectedness of scientific research and US regulatory policymaking. His current research agenda is generously supported by three grants from the US National Science foundation and one from the Russell Sage Foundation.