Shaun Ratcliff

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Dr Shaun Ratcliff is a quantitative political scientist working at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on using traditional and novel data sources and methods to study public opinion and party behaviour in the US, Australia and comparative democracies. He is particularly interested in examining the policy preferences and behaviour of political actors, and the role of parties as interest aggregators, and how these influence public policy outcomes.

He teaches voter behaviour and public opinion, and the use of quantitative research methods to solve problems in the social sciences.

Prior to working at the University of Sydney, Shaun taught politics, political psychology and methodology in the social sciences at Monash University and the University of Melbourne.

He is an advocate for the use of quantitative research methods to better understand politics and society, and is a member of the executive committee of the Australian Society for Quantitative Political Science.

Shaun received a PhD in political science from Monash University, and he has a background working in politics and government relations, and has consulted for political campaigns.

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