About the Department

Arthur Spirling

Arthur Spirling

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences
Methods and Formal Theory

I received my PhD from the University of Rochester, Department of Political Science. I specialize in political methodology, with an interest in applied Bayesian statistics, ideal point estimation and the application of generalized linear models in political science. My substantive field is comparative politics, and I focus primarily on the United Kingdom.



In July 2008, I joined Harvard University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government. I was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2012. I am affiliated with the Institute of Quantitative Social Science


I have taught both undergraduate and graduate methods classes in the department.  My work has appeared in various journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of the American Statistical Association and Political Analysis.  You can find my papers here

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Web Site

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Office Locations

1737 Cambridge Street, CGIS Knafel Building K436, Cambridge, MA 02138

Office Hours

Tuesdays, 10am--noon and by appointment


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