My name is Josh Lerner and I’m a Ph.D student at Duke University studying American politics and political methodology.  My primary research interests are the study of Congress, Text-as-Data, Political Ideology, Inter-branch relations, Machine Learning, and Causal Inference methods. My dissertation deals with applications of text-as-data approaches to the study of idea transmission in Congress, looking specifically at the amount of text-borrowing that occurs between testimony during committee hearings, and the language of final bills.

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