Department of Political Science


Professor Benjamin Lauderdale

Professor Benjamin Lauderdale
Head of Department and Professor of Political Science 
Room: 1.06, 29/30 Tavistock Sq.
Email: b.lauderdale@ucl.ac.uk

I am a Professor and Head of Department of Political Science at University College London.  Previously, I was a Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics from 2011-2018.  I was a Senior Data Science Advisor to YouGov from 2016 to 2021 and an Associate Editor of the American Political Science Review from 2016 to 2020.


My research is focused on the development of new methods for the measurement of political preferences and beliefs from survey, voting, network and text data. Currently my work is focused on public opinion and political behaviour in the UK, but my previous research has considered applications to citizens, legislators and judges across the US, UK, EU and beyond.

Selected publications:

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At UCL I have taught Measurement in Data Science (POLS0013) for undergraduates, Intro to Quantitative Methods for postgraduates (PUBL0055), and Voters, Public Opinion and Participation for postgraduates (PUBL0082). 

I supervise PhD students working in the areas of public opinion and political behaviour, representation and legislative behaviour, and in quantitative methods.