Bright Line Watch Co-Directors
John M. Carey is the Wentworth Professor in the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College, where he also serves as Associate Dean of Faculty for the Social Sciences. His research focuses on representation and democratic institutions. His books include Campus Diversity: The Hidden Consensus (Cambridge 2019), Legislative Voting and Accountability (Cambridge 2009) and Presidents and Assemblies (Cambridge 1992). 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 Government at Dartmouth College. 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
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.
Yibing Du is a current research associate at Bright Line Watch. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Computer Science and a BA in History. She studies political methodology and political communication.
Bright Line Watch Alumni
Katherine Clayton is a former research associate and current Ph.D student at the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. She graduated as a valedictorian of Dartmouth College with a BA in Government and French. She studies political behavior and political methodology. Her research as been published in Political Behavior and Politics, Groups, and Identities among others, and her book, Campus Diversity: The Hidden Consensus is forthcoming at Cambridge University Press. In 2019, she was awarded the Jonathan B. Rintels Prize for the best honors thesis in the Social Sciences for the Class of 2018 at Dartmouth College.
Shun Yamaya is a former research associate and an incoming Ph.D student at the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. He graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Politics.
Annie Chen is a former research associate at Bright Line Watch. She graduated with a Master’s degree from the Department of Political Science at McGill University, where she was a member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada. She obtained her BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto.
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.
We gratefully acknowledge funding support from Democracy Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Wilhelm Merck.