Rocío Titiunik


Rocío Titiunik is the James Orin Murfin Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. She specializes in quantitative methodology for the social sciences, with emphasis on quasi-experimental methods for causal inference and political methodology. Her research interests lie at the intersection of political science, political economy, and applied statistics, particularly on the development and application of quantitative methods to the study of political institutions. Her recent methodological research includes the development of statistical methods for the analysis and interpretation of treatment effects and program evaluation, with emphasis on regression discontinuity (RD) designs. Her recent substantive research centers on democratic accountability and the role of party systems in developing democracies. Titiunik's work appears in various journals in the social sciences and statistics, including the the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Econometrica, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, and the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. In 2016, she received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Political Methodology, which honors a young researcher who is making notable contributions to the field of political methodology. She is a member of the leadership team of the Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM) Summer Institute, member-at-large of the Society for Poltical Methodology, and member of Evidence in Governance and Politics. She is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Political Science and Political Analysis, and is also incoming associate editor for Political Science Research and Methods. Titiunik was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she completed her undergraduate education at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She received her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC-Berkeley in May 2009. She joined the Michigan faculty as assistant professor in the fall of 2010, after spending one year there as a postdoctoral fellow.

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Political science is a rich and diverse social science that combines scholars from a wide variety of intellectual backgrounds. As the leading professional organization representing political science, APSA is in a unique position to foster synergies between scholars working in different subfields and intellectual traditions. These synergies are, in my view, essential to improve our understanding of the social world and develop effective public policies. The integration of all of political science's strengths is vitally important to the successful accumulation of knowledge in our discipline.