Winston Chou

Department of Politics, Princeton University

041 Corwin Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544-1012

About Me

Welcome to my website! I am currently finishing up my PhD in political science at Princeton University. In December 2018, I will join Facebook, Inc. as a Data Scientist in Marketing Science Research & Development.

My academic research areas are comparative politics and quantitative methodology. My writing appears or is due to appear in the journals American Sociological Review, Political Analysis, Social Forces, and Sociological Methods & Research.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my dog Maggie, whom I adopted from SAVE Animal Shelter in Princeton, NJ.



"List Experiments with Measurement Error." Co-authored with Graeme Blair and Kosuke Imai. Accepted, Political Analysis.

"Sensitive Survey Questions with Auxiliary Information." Co-authored with Kosuke Imai and Bryn Rosenfeld. Accepted, Sociological Methods & Research. [Preprint]

"Culture Remains Elusive: On the Identification of Cultural Effects with Instrumental Variables." 2017. American Sociological Review, 82(2): 435-443. [Ungated access] [Replication code]

"Seen Like a State: How Illegitimacy Shapes Terrorism Designation." 2016. Social Forces, 94(3): 1128-1152. [Ungated access] [Replication materials]


"The Illusion of Far-Right Partisan Stability: How Party Positioning Affects Far-Right Voting in Germany." Co-authored with Rafaela Dancygier, Naoki Egami, and Amaney Jamal.

"Lying on Surveys." [Poster]

"How Mainstream Politicians Create Opportunities for Outsiders." Last updated 5/7/17.

Work in Progress

"The Distortionary Effects of Turnout Inequality: Cautionary Evidence from Nonvoters in Germany."

"The Decline of Social Democracy in Western Europe."

"Housing in Global Cities." Co-authored with Rafaela Dancygier.


Teaching Assistantships at Princeton

POL 245 Visualizing Data
POL 245 is an undergraduate course in data analysis and visualization which introduces the statistical programming language R. I taught this course under Kosuke Imai and James Lo in Summer 2015.

POL 502 Mathematics for Political Science
POL 502 is an introductory-level graduate course that presents the basic mathematical concepts needed to conduct formal and quantitative political science research. Topics include real analysis, linear algebra, calculus, and probability theory. I taught this course under Kristopher Ramsay in Fall 2015.

POL 220/WWS 310 American Politics
POL 220/WWS 310 is an undergraduate survey course in American politics and institutions. I taught this course under Nolan McCarty in Spring 2016.


About Me
CV (.pdf)