Bright Line Watch is grateful for support from these organizations

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Democracy Fund

Bright Line Watch Co-Directors

John M. Carey is the Wentworth Professor in the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College, where he was chair of the Department of Government from 2009–2015 and currently serves as a member of the steering committee of the Program in Quantitative Social Science.  His research focuses on the design of demo­c­ra­t­ic insti­tu­tions.  His books include Legislative Voting & Accountability (Cambridge 2009) and Presidents & Assemblies (Cambridge 1992, with Matthew Shugart).  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Gretchen HelmkeGretchen Helmke is Professor and Chair of Political Science at the University of Rochester. Helmke’s research focuses on Latin America, political insta­bil­i­ty, and the rule of law. Her most recent book is Institutions on the Edge: The Origins and Consequences of Inter-Branch Crises in Latin America (Cambridge 2017). She has been a visiting scholar at the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, the Weatherhead Center for International and Area Studies at Harvard University, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.

Brendan NyhanBrendan Nyhan is Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and a member of the steering committee of the Program in Quantitative Social Science. Nyhan’s research, which focuses on mis­per­cep­tions about politics and health care, has been published in journals including the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Medical Care, PediatricsPolitical Analysis, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Social Networks, and Vaccine. He is a con­trib­u­tor to The Upshot at The New York Times.

Susan StokesSusan C. Stokes is the John S. Saden Professor of Political Science, Yale University, was chair of the Yale Political Science Department, President of the American Political Science Association’s Comparative Politics section, and a Vice President of APSA. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has published books and articles about democ­ra­ti­za­tion, demo­c­ra­t­ic account­abil­i­ty, economic reforms in Latin America, social movements and police responses in new democracies.


Bright Line Watch Researchers

German FeierherdGermán Feierherd is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Yale’s Program on Democracy. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in December 2016. During 2016–17, he was a Pre/Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University. He conducts the­o­ret­i­cal and empirical research on political devel­op­ment, with an emphasis on elections, political parties, and pol­i­cy­mak­ing. His research spans the devel­op­ing world, with a special focus on Latin America.

Mitch SandersMitch Sanders is Director of Survey Research for Bright Line Watch. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 1997, spe­cial­iz­ing in American politics. In his published research he has developed and applied sta­tis­ti­cal models of decision-making in American elections and in Congress, and he is a co-author of the intro­duc­to­ry graduate text Understanding Multivariate Research. He is currently a partner in a market research firm located in Rochester, NY.