Welcome! I am a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of Washington and a graduate fellow at the Center for American Politics and Public Policy. In December 2012 I defended my master’s essay, Presidents Profiting From Disasters: Evidence of Presidential Distributive Politics. This paper was recently published as a Contemporary Presidency Feature in Presidential Studies Quarterly.
I recently contributed to the development of LegEx, an interactive data-driven visualization of the legislative process and continue to maintain the underlying database. LegEx was recently featured on io9, Flowing Data, and Know More from WaPo.
My current research focuses on big data approaches to studying legislative politics and the policy process, focusing specifically on gaining a better understanding of the state lawmaking process.
Outside of the academic sphere I enjoy running, biking, and hiking in the greater Seattle area, even on the rainy days! My wife is a naturopathic medical and midwifery student (and talented photographer) at Bastyr University. We are joined at home by our three cats (Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau) and our dog, Nora.
Nicholas R. Stramp
Department of Political Science
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195