Justin Grimmer

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and the College

Justin Grimmer’s research examines how representation occurs in American politics, using new statistical methods. His first book, Representational Style in Congress: What Legislators Say and Why It Matters (Cambridge University Press, 2013), shows how senators define the type of representation they provide constituents and how this affects constituents’ evaluations. It won the Richard F. Fenno Jr. Prize from the American Political Science Association, awarded for the best book in legislative studies published in 2013. His second book, The Impression of Influence: Legislator Communication, Representation, and Democratic Accountability (Princeton University Press, 2014, with Sean J. Westwood and Solomon Messing), demonstrates how legislators ensure they receive credit for government actions.

His work has appeared in the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsPolitical AnalysisProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Regulation and Governance.

Grimmer earned an AB in mathematics and political science from Wabash College and an AM and PhD in political science from Harvard University. Most recently, he was an associate professor of political science at Stanford University. While at Stanford, he received the Society for Political Methodology’s Emerging Scholar Award, which honors a young researcher, within 10 years of receiving a doctoral degree, who is making notable contributions to the field of political methodology.

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