Tobias Nowacki

Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Stanford


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I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at Stanford University. I am broadly interested in the political economy of elections. In particular, my research investigates how electoral institutions shape legislative behaviour, political party organisation, and accountability towards voters. I work with Gary Cox, Jens Hainmueller, Andy Hall, and Andy Eggers.

I am a Graduate Student Affiliate at the Democracy and Polarization Lab.

Prior to coming to Stanford, I was a DPhil Student at Oxford University (Nuffield College). I hold a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) from Warwick University, and a MSc in Politics Research from Oxford University (St. Cross College).

You can find my CV here.


Working Papers

How Much Do Elections Increase Police Responsiveness? Evidence From Elected Police Commissioners.
with Daniel M. Thompson.
Revised and Resubmitted, American Political Science Review.

Susceptibility to Strategic Voting: A Comparison of Plurality and Instant-Runoff Elections.
with Andy Eggers.

How Did Absentee Voting Affect the 2020 U.S. Election?
with Jesse Yoder, Cassandra Handan-Nader, Andrew Myers, Daniel M. Thompson, Jennifer A. Wu, Chenoa Yorgason, and Andrew B. Hall.

Are Dead People Voting By Mail? Evidence From Washington State Administrative Records.
with Jennifer A. Wu, Chenoa Yorgason, Cassandra Handan-Nader, Andrew Myers, Daniel M. Thompson, and Andrew B. Hall.

The Emergence of Party-Based Political Careers in the UK, 1801-1918
with Gary Cox.

In Progress

No Order in the House of Commons? Inferring Legislators’ Positions on Brexit from Parliamentary Speech (with Apoorva Lal and Nic Lyon).

Do Presidential Systems Impede Growth? Evidence from Local Governments in the United States (with Carl Gustafson, Dan Thompson and Andrew B. Hall).

The Gender Gap in Political Careers: Evidence from Proportional Representation Systems.

Does Party Control Matter for Fiscal Policy? Evidence from English Local Government.


Teaching Materials