Miriam A. Golden joins the Department of Political and Social Sciences in September 2019 as the Peter Mair Chair in Comparative Politics, moving from the University of California at Los Angeles. Golden studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the London School of Economics and Political Science, and received her Ph.D. in 1983 from Cornell University. She was a recepient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2014 and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2018-2019. Golden is an active member of the international network Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP).
Golden's research is in the area of political economy, and spans the developed and less developed world. She uses statistical, analytical, and field experimental research methods.Her focus is on the responsiveness and accountability of politicians.
Research interests: Political accountability and responsiveness, including corruption and clientelism, distributive politics, political parties, incumbency and reelection; also politics of energy and water.
"Students who work with me will be interested in acquiring advanced statistical, experimental, and social scientific research skills. I aim to train students to become independent researchers capable of original scholarship that is rigorous, replicable, and transparent. I meet biweekly with my students as a group using a laboratory training model. Specific topics on which I have expertise include corruption and clientelism, distributive politics, and political parties, incumbency and reelection. I also have strong interests in the politics of energy and water."
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