Short Bio

Thomas Gschwend (Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2001) is Professor and Chair of Political Science, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Utrecht (2013-4) and the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna (2013). He previously held positions as Senior Research Fellow at the Mannheimer Zentrum fuer Europaeische Sozialforschung (MZES) and as Postdoctoral Researcher at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 504), University of Mannheim (2001-7) where his research focuses on comparative politics, judicial politics,  public opinion, political psychology as well as political methodology. He is particularly interested in the processes by which institutions pre-structure an individual's decision-making process and its consequences for voters, party strategies and election outcomes. Thomas Gschwend is co-recipient of the 2012 Gosnell Prize for Excellence in Political Methodology.

Gschwend spent his undergraduate years at the University of Freiburg, Germany, completing a degree in math (Diplom), political science and educational science (1997). His doctoral dissertation “Strategic Voting in Mixed-Electoral Systems” won the Gerhard-Fürst-Prize 2002, awarded by the Federal Statistical Office of Germany. His most recent English book publications are Research Design in Political Science: How to Practice What They Preach (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007; co-edited with Frank Schimmelfennig), and Strategic Voting in Mixed-Electoral Systems (SFG-Elsevier 2004). His articles have been published among others in Journals such as Political Analysis, Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies and the European Journal of Political Research.

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