Andrew B. Hall

Assistant Professor
Political Science
Stanford University
andrewbhall at

My research focuses on the nature of democratic government. How effective are elections in controlling the behavior of political representatives? What factors make elections more or less effective, and why? I combine modern statistical techniques with wide-ranging quantitative and text-based datasets on both contemporary and historical American political activity to attempt to answer these questions.

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science and my A.M. in Statistics from Harvard University in 2015. I graduated from Stanford University in 2009 where I majored in Economics and Classics. For more information, see my CV.


Polisci 150A: Data Science for Politics
(syllabus here.)

Lecture 1: Intro
Lecture 2: Basic Computing with R
Lecture 3: Intro to Causal Inference
Lecture 4: Conditional Means and More
Lecture 5: Relating Variables
Lecture 6: Prediction
Lecture 7: Intro to Regression
Lecture 8: Regression and Prediction
Lecture 9: Regression
Lecture 11: Regression
Lecture 12: Text as Data
Lecture 13: Probability and Inference
Lecture 14: Probability, Continued


Working Papers

Book Project

  • My ongoing book project, Who Wants to Run? How the Devaluing of Political Office Drives Polarization, argues that U.S. legislatures have become increasingly polarized and dysfunctional in part because of how difficult running for and holding office is. Combining theoretical and empirical evidence, I show how the candidate supply constrains voters, and I document how the rising costs of running for office, and the falling benefits of holding office, have made the candidate supply more ideologically extreme. Finally, based on this evidence, I argue that paying future legislators more while making campaigning easier would make political office more attractive and induce a broader set of people to run for office, thereby reducing polarization.