ScottDeMarchiScott De MarchiProfessor and Associate Chair of Political Science at Duke University.

His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and he has published articles in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Public Choice.

His work focuses on mathematical methods, especially computational social science, machine learning, and mixed methods. Substantively, he examines individual decision-making in contexts that include the American Congress and presidency, bargaining in legislatures, interstate conflict, and voting behavior. He has been an external fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and the National Defense University and is currently a principal investigator for NSF’s EITM program.

At Duke, he is the founder (and sometimes director) of the Modeling Economic and Political Systems Focus program (MESS) and the Decision Science program.  He is also a faculty member of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI).

He received his B.A. and B.S. in computer science and history from Wake Forest University (1990, Cum laude and with Honors), and his M.A. (1993, degree waived) and Ph.D. (1998) from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in political science.


Spencer Dorsey, Graduate Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Empirical Analysis

Spencer Dorsey is a third-year PhD candidate in the security, peace, and conflict subfield. His substantive interests include foreign policy decision making, leadership in the international system, and conflict prediction. He is also interested in novel applications of machine learning to political science and to developing event data.


I. Augustus Durham, Writing Teaching Assistant

I. Augustus Durham is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in English at Duke University. His work focuses on black studies from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, interrogating the construction of melancholy and how that affect catalyzes performances of excellence, otherwise known as genius. He has published articles in Black Camera: An International Film Journals (forthcoming), Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International and Journal of Religion and Health. 


Jesse Lopez, Graduate Teaching Assistant for Race and Politics

Jesse Lopez is a second-year Ph.D. student in political science, with an emphasis on the Behavior & Identities field. Broadly, his research interests involve political psychology, race and ethnic politics, and survey methods.  Jesse has received an Associate’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Studies from Santa Monica Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He also attended the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute in the summer of 2015.


Nura2Nura Sediqe, Teaching Assistant for Race and Politics

Nura Sediqe is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in political science, specializing in race & ethnic politics within the behavior & identities field. Her key interests revolve around perceptions of group-identity and gender and the racialization of new minority groups.

Nura attended the Honors College at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with concentrations in political science, communications & Near East studies. She earned a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  She has also worked professionally in various capacities in the civil rights field.

Kaitlyn Webster, Teaching Assistant for Statistical Analysis

Katie Webster is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in political science at Duke.  Her subfields are security, peace, and conflict and methods. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Rochester, where she majored in international relations and minored in Spanish. Her research focuses on the onset and dynamics of sub-state conflict.