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Bruce Desmarais

Professor of Political Science,

Social Data Analytics Graduate Director,

William and Monica DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Political Science

231 Pond Lab
University Park, PA 16802

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday, 10:00 - 11:00 am
  • Thursday, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. 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).


Professor in the Department of Political Science and Faculty Co-Hire of the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences.  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.