Andrew B. Hall

Associate Professor
Political Science
Stanford University
andrewbhall at

My research focuses on the nature of democratic government. How effective are elections in controlling the behavior of political representatives? What factors make elections more or less effective, and why? I combine modern statistical techniques with wide-ranging quantitative and text-based datasets on both contemporary and historical American political activity to attempt to answer these questions.

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science and my A.M. in Statistics from Harvard University in 2015. I graduated from Stanford University in 2009 where I majored in Economics and Classics. For more information, see my CV.


Polisci 150A: Data Science for Politics
(syllabus here.)

  • My book manuscript, Who Wants to Run? How the Devaluing of Political Office Drives Polarization, forthcoming at the University of Chicago Press, argues that U.S. legislatures have become increasingly polarized and dysfunctional in part because of how difficult running for and holding office is. Combining theoretical and empirical evidence, I show how voters are forced to elect extremists because moderates don't run for office, and I document how the rising costs of running for office, and the falling benefits of holding office, have deterred moderates from running.

Publications by Topic

Elections and Ideology

Elections, Institutions, and Accountability

Campaign Finance and Interest Groups

Economic Incentives and Political Behavior


Working Papers

Dormant Working Papers