Professor Simon Jackman

Visiting Professor at the US Studies Centre & Professor of Political Science at Stanford University


Simon Jackman is Professor of Political Science and (by courtesy) of Statistics at Stanford University. Jackmanʼs teaching and research centres on issues in democratic politics (public opinion, political parties, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems), with particular emphases on American and Australian politics. In a publishing career now spanning almost two decades, Jackmanʼs research has appeared in the leading peer-refereed journals of political science in the United States, Britain, and Australia. Jackman is also a specialist in the area of research methodology: his textbook Bayesian Analysis for the Social Sciences will be published later this year by John Wiley and Co.

Jackman was born and raised in Brisbane, graduating with 1st class Honours in Government from the University of Queensland in 1988. He studied for his doctorate at the University of Rochester (1989-1991) and Princeton University (1991-94). Between 1994 and 1996 he taught at the University of Chicago, and since 1996 he has been at Stanford. Jackman has maintained his ties with Australia, with visiting appointments at the Australian National University in 1996/97 and the University of Sydney in 2007, and analysis and commentary ahead of recent Australian Federal elections.

In 2004-05 Jackman served as President of the Society for Political Methodology, a 1,000 strong association of scholars with interests in methodological issues in political science. He is currently co-editor of Annual Reviews of Political Science, a prestigious annual volume summarizing recent developments in the study of politics. Jackman has also served on the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies (2001-02) and recently served as Co-Principal Investigator of the Co-operative Campaign Analysis Project, a large, collaborative survey research project tracking public opinion over the 2008 campaign for the US presidency. In 2008 he also commissioned surveys of the Australian electorate on behalf of the United States Studies Centre (paralleling Jackman's surveys of the American electorate), revealing striking similarities in American and Australian public opinion on the eve of the 2008 US presidential election.