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Holger Lutz Kern

Assistant Professor

Office: 541 Bellamy Building
Email: hkern@fsu.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Cornell University, 2008. Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, 2008-2011. Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina, 2011-2013.

Research Agenda:

My main research areas are comparative politics and quantitative methodology. In comparative politics, my research interests focus on the politics of authoritarian regimes, in particular transitions to democracy, anti-regime collective action, mass media, public opinion, and censorship. In quantitative methodology, I'm interested in research design and causal inference in field experiments and observational studies.

My current research (most of it joint work with various co-authors) investigates ways to generalize experimental impact estimates to target samples and the use of double sampling designs in combination with worst case bounds to address nonignorable missing outcome data in randomized experiments. Substantively, I work on protest diffusion and media effects during the 1953 uprising in East Germany. I also conduct field experiments to study political repression, private censorship, and information control in Russia. My past research includes work on the effects of West German television on regime legitimacy and collective action in East Germany, voting behavior in Germany and Great Britain, the specification of regression-discontinuity designs, efficient estimators for field experiments with non-compliance, and treatment effect heterogeneity in randomized experiments.

Undergraduate Courses:

Introduction to Comparative Politics
Advanced Research Methods

Graduate Courses:

Methods III Maximum Likelihood Estimation
Methods IV Causal Inference