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Kevin McAlisterDirector of Undergraduate Research | QTMAssistant Teaching Professor


Kevin McAlister is a political methodologist who studies American political institutions. His work exists at the intersection of formal models of political behavior, statistical modeling, and legislative behavior. His work in this area received the John T. Williams Dissertation Prize in 2018 from the Society for Political Methodology (for the best dissertation proposal in the area of political methodology). In Fall 2022, he joined Emory University's Department of Quantitative Theory and Methods as a Teaching Assistant Professor.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2020
  • M.A., Statistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2020
  • MA, Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2013
  • B.A., Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2011


Bayesian Statistics, Bayesian Nonparametric Methods, Machine Learning, Statistical Computing, Social Choice Theory, Electoral Systems and Representation, Legislative Studies


  • QTM 110: Introduction to Scientific Methods
  • QTM 347: Causal Inference & Machine Learning (being renamed to Machine Learning I)