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.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. The Emergence of Party-Based Political Careers in the UK, 1801-1918
    with Gary Cox.
    Conditionally Accepted, Journal of Politics. [code + data]

  2. 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.
    Accepted, Science Advances. [code + data]

Working Papers

  1. Susceptibility to Strategic Voting: A Comparison of Plurality and Instant-Runoff Elections.
    with Andy Eggers.
    Invited to Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Politics.

  2. How Much Do Elections Increase Police Responsiveness? Evidence From Elected Police Commissioners.
    with Daniel M. Thompson.

  3. 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.

  4. The Gender Gap in Political Careers Under Proportional Representation.

In Progress


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