Taylor Boas, an assistant professor in the department, was recently named one of six new junior fellows of the Hariri Institute for computing. The fellows program was started in 2011 to recognize and support the work of outstanding junior faculty working in the computational sciences. Professor Boas joined the department four years ago. Much of his researcher focuses on campaigns, elections, media, and voting behavior in Latin America. Professor Graham K. Wilson, Chair of the Political Science Department, states, “Taylor Boas is one of the new generation of comparative political scientists who combine the deep knowledge of the area they study (in Taylor’s case, Latin America) with strong training in quantitative techniques. Taylor uses his methodological skills to explore topics such as presidential campaign strategies in the countries of Latin America that have democratized in recent decades and the difficult to study relationships between political support, government spending and corruption. Taylor has made a huge contribution to advancing quantitative skills not only in Political Science but in social departments more generally.”
As part of his fellowship Professor Boas will be delivering a Hariri Institute Distinguished Lecture in the coming months.