Winston Chou

Department of Politics, Princeton University

041 Corwin Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544-1012

About Me

Welcome to my website! I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where I have been a Quantitative and Analytical Political Science (Q-APS) graduate student fellow since 2015.

I have research and teaching interests in comparative political economy, political sociology, and formal theory and quantitative methods. My research appears or is due to appear in the journals Social Forces, American Sociological Review, 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.



"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]

Manuscripts Under Review

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

Work in Progress

"When Does Inequality Weaken the Left? Taxing Progressives vs. Progressive Taxation."

"Conditioning on Violations of the Exclusion Restriction." Co-authored with Julian Schuessler.


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)