Kenneth Benoit is professor of quantitative social research methods, and head of the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also part-time professor in the department of political science at Trinity College Dublin, and has previously held a position at the Central European University (Budapest). He received his PhD (1998) from Harvard University, department of government. His current research focuses on automated, quantitative methods for processing large amounts of textual data, mainly political texts and social media. Current interests span from the analysis of big data, including social media, and methods of text mining. His substantive research in political science focuses on comparative party competition, the European Parliament, electoral systems, and the effects of campaign spending. His other methodological interests include general statistical methods for the social sciences, especially those relating to measurement. Recent data large-scale measurement projects in which he has been involved include estimating policy positions of political parties through crowd-sourced data, expert surveys, manifesto coding, and text analysis.
From September 1, 2016, on, submissions to the APSR will be directed to the new Editorial Team in Europe. The University of North Texas (UNT) team will begin the transfer of files to the managing office at the University of Mannheim and we expect the transition to be completed by December 31, 2016. With a backlog of two volumes, the first volume of our editorship will be published in August 2017. The vote by the APSA Council to move the editorship of APSR for the first time outside the United States is an extraordinary historical decision that will help to further globalize APSR and thus to represent our discipline in a broader manner. We are excited by this challenge and very grateful for the confidence expressed in our team by the APSA council to host the Review in Europe for the next four years. At the same time, we are aware of the concerns about this transition and would like to take this opportunity to share with the membership our general vision and plans for the journal as we move forward in this process.
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