Political Methodology, Political Economy
Konstantin Kashin is a PhD student at the Department of Government, an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and an Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. His primary research interests include quantitative political methodology, with a focus on automated text analysis and causal inference. Substantively, he is interested in the comparative political economy of welfare states and interest group politics. His geographic specialization is Europe and the post-Soviet states. Konstantin is currently working on a project at the intersection of text analysis and causal inference with applications to the measurement of interest group influence on policymaking. He is also working on a paper examining the effects of economic risk exposure on political participation in advanced industrialized democracies. Finally, he is a member of the Global Historical Evolution of Elections Project.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Relations from Brown University, from where he graduated magna cum laude in 2010. His honors thesis, which won the Gordon Lindsay Prize for outstanding senior thesis in economics, examined the impact of foreign direct investment upon poverty in Russia. He is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Omicron Delta Epsilon Honors Society in Economics.
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