My name is Luke Sonnet, I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at UCLA and a graduate student affiliate of the California Center for Population Research at UCLA. I am currently a J-PAL Replication Fellow, and in the summer of 2018 I was a Lahore University of Management Sciences-World Bank Pakistan@100 Pre-Doctoral Fellow.

My research focuses on electoral accountability, the relationship between governance and development, and the role that machine learning can play in the social sciences. My research has been funded by the International Growth Centre, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and the American Institute for Pakistan Studies.

I have also developed software with others, including estimatr, an R package of estimators commonly used by social scientists, and the voteview.com project that now estimates and hosts DW-NOMINATE ideal scores of US legislators, and more. You can see more about the software I have worked on here.

My email is: luke.sonnet@gmail.com. You can find me on Twitter @LukeSonnet and on GitHub. I also organized the UCLA Comparative Politics Association Conference for three years. You can find more information at the website here. Below are some of my thoughts.