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 and Accountability (Cambridge 2009) and Presidents and Assemblies (Cambridge 1992, with Matthew Shugart). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Gretchen Helmke is Professor 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, DC.
Brendan Nyhan is Professor of Public Policy in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. 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, Pediatrics, Political Analysis, Political Behavior, Political Psychology, Social Networks, and Vaccine. He is a contributor to The Upshot at The New York Times.
Susan C. Stokes is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program on Democracy at the University of Chicago. She was previously 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
Katie Clayton, Bright Line Watch Research Fellow, is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College (Class of 2018). Her research interests include political behavior, immigration politics, and the politics of race/ethnicity. She is currently working on a book manuscript, The Hidden Consensus on Campus Diversity, with colleagues at Dartmouth. In the fall of 2019, she will begin a Ph.D. program in political science at Stanford University.
Kevin Kromash is Senior Research Associate at the Chicago Center on Democracy (CCD), where he directs all aspects of the center’s operations, including strategy, research, fundraising, and communications. Kevin holds master’s degrees from Yale University in economics and environmental management, and draws from work experience in the corporate and academic worlds.
Mitch 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.