David Foster is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of American Democracy at Kenyon where he applies formal theory and quantitative methods to questions about American political institutions. He has examined executive action, political communication, Congress, the federal bureaucracy, lobbying and interest groups. Foster has a secondary interest in the politics of local public goods, especially housing.

Areas of Expertise

American politics, formal theory, quantitative methods


2021 — Doctor of Philosophy from Univ. of California Berkeley

2016 — Master of Arts from Univ. of California Berkeley

2010 — Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton C

Courses Recently Taught

Political scientists increasingly employ quantitative tools to analyze politics. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of quantitative political analysis. The core of the course will be devoted to the basic linear regression model and its variants, which are used widely in political science research. We will cover hypothesis formation and hypothesis testing, basic descriptive statistics and the presentation via tables and charts of the findings of quantitative analysis. To better situate quantitative analysis within the discipline, we will introduce qualitative methods and discuss research design. This counts toward the methodology requirement for the international studies major. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

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