Our lab supports advances in election science by collecting, analyzing, and sharing core data and findings. We also aim to build relationships with election officials and others to help apply new scientific research to the practice of democracy in the United States.
We are committed to the improvement of scholarship and practice in election science through high-quality data gathering and analysis.
In our own work and our collaborations with others, we adhere to the highest scientific standards of honesty, observability, and collegiality.
By grounding our work in data and the scientific method, our recommendations aim to improve democratic practice for everyone.
Our staff of social scientists, researchers, and students are committed to improving democracy in the United States by promoting the application of scientific principles to the understanding of election administration.
Former Undergraduate Researchers
Lonna Rae Atkeson, Political Science Department, University of New Mexico
Barry C. Burden, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lori Edwards, Polk County, Florida Supervisor of Elections
Heather Gerken, Yale Law School
Paul Gronke, Political Science Department, Reed College
Kathleen Hale, Department of Political Science, Auburn University
Kevin Kennedy, State of Wisconsin, Retired
Jan Leighley, Department of Government, American University
Dean C. Logan, Los Angeles County, California Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
Christopher B. Mann, Department of Political Science, Skidmore College
Amber McReynolds, Director of Elections, Denver, Colorado
Don Palmer, Bipartisan Policy Center
Tammy Patrick, Democracy Fund
Peggy Reeves, Office of Connecticut Secretary of the State
Daron R. Shaw, Department of Government, The University of Texas at Austin
Christopher Thomas, Michigan Bureau of Elections Director, Retired
Our Affiliate Institutions
We're hiring! We're currently seeking a Research Scientist to join our team and oversee the data science workflow of the lab’s election-related data collection, processing, and dissemination efforts. For more information or to apply, please see the job listing here.
If you are interested in an MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunity, contact us.