Shaun Ratcliff

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Dr Shaun Ratcliff is a lecturer in Political Science at the United States Studies Centre, at the University of Sydney. He has a PhD in political science from Monash University, with his thesis examining the role of Australia’s major political parties as interest aggregators representing the policy preferences of distinct groups in society.

His research focuses on the use of quantitative methods to examine the policy preferences and behaviour of political actors (particularly voters and candidates), as well as the role of parties, and how these influence policy outcomes.

Prior to working at the University of Sydney, Shaun taught politics, political psychology and the use of quantitative research methods in the social sciences at Monash and the University of Melbourne. He is currently establishing units at the University of Sydney that will teach the use of data analysis to solve problems in the social sciences.

He is an advocate for the use of quantitative research methods to better understand politics, and is a member of the executive committee of the Australian Society for Quantitative Political Science. His profile page on the US Studies Centre site can be found here, and his CV here.

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