Professor Simon Jackman
Visiting Professor at the US Studies Centre & Professor of Political Science at Stanford University
Expertise: US and Australian elections, public opinion, election campaigns and political participation.
Jackman has taught at Stanford University since 1996, and since 2007 he has been Professor of Political Science and (by courtesy) Statistics. His teaching and research centers on public opinion, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems with special emphasis on American and Australian politics. His research has appeared in the leading journals of political science, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Analysis, the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies and the Australian Journal of Political Science. Jackman is the author of Bayesian Analysis for the Social Sciences (Wiley 2009), a widely used textbook on Bayesian statistical methods with an emphasis on applications in the social sciences.
Since 2009, Jackman has served as one of the Principal Investigators of the American National Election Studies, the world’s longest running and most authoritative survey of political behavior and attitudes, directing this project over both the 2012 and 2016 presidential election cycles in the United States. Prior to his stewardship of ANES, Jackman directed a number of large, on-line survey projects ahead of the 2008 and 2000 U.S. presidential election cycles.
Jackman is also well known for his work on poll averaging, combining polls over the course of an election campaign to produce better predictions of election outcomes; he partnered with the Huffington Post in the American 2012 presidential election and with Guardian Australia during the 2013 Australian election, supplying exclusive analysis and commentary on pre-election polling. Jackman is also a frequent commentator on American politics in Australia media, regularly appearing on the ABC’s The World Today, News 24 and the 7.30 Report.
Jackman’s current research projects focus on the opportunities and challenges of web-based survey research, the political and scientific consequences of under-representing unlisted or hard-to-reach populations in social research, predictive models of political behaviour, and methods for large scale, automated coding and analysis of political speech.
Jackman was born and raised in Brisbane, and graduated with first class Honours in Government from the University of Queensland. Jackman earned his doctorate at the University of Rochester and Princeton University. His first academic appointment was at the University of Chicago, followed by a Visiting Fellowship at Australian National University, prior to taking up his appointment at Stanford. Jackman has been a Visiting Professor at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney since 2009.
In 2013 Jackman was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a past president and Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology. Along with his wife and two children, he is a citizen of both Australian and the United States of America.