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Joan Timoneda

Joan Timoneda

Assistant Professor // Political Science

Assistant Professor // Cornerstone

Curriculum vitae

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Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park
M.A. University of Maryland, College Park
MPhil University of Oxford-- Saint Antony's College, UK
B.A. Arizona State University 

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Comparative Politics

Research Summary

Professor Timoneda is a comparativist and data scientist with an interest in authoritarian regimes, democratic backsliding and big data methods. His book project, How Dictators Survive, explores how dictators use formal institutions to personalize their regime to extend their tenure. He combines archival work and advance natural language processing techniques to analyze the evolution of Rafael Trujillo's regime in the Dominican Republic. Professor Timoneda’s applied methods work focuses on forecasting trends and events using big data from Twitter and Google Trends. At Purdue, he will participate in the Advanced Methods at Purdue program and teach in the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program.

Selected Publications

Joan C. Timoneda, Abel Escribà-Folch, and John Chin (Forthcoming). The Rush To Personalize: Power Concentration After Failed Coups in Dictatorships. British Journal of Political Science.


Joan C. Timoneda (Forthcoming). Et Tu, Brute? Wealth Inequality and the Political Economy of Authoritarian Replacement. Studies in Comparative International Development.


Joan C. Timoneda and Erik Wibbels (2022). Spikes and Variance: Using Google Trends to Detect and Forecast Protest. Political Analysis.


Joan C. Timoneda and Sebastián Vallejo Vera (2021). Will I die of coronavirus? Google Trends data reveal that politics determine virus fears. PLOS ONE.


Joan C. Timoneda (2021). Wealth Wars: How Productivity Gaps Explain Democratic Erosion in Advanced Democracies. European Political Science Review.



Joan C. Timoneda and Sebastián Vallejo Vera (2021). How do shocks realign interest group lobbying in congress? Evidence from Ecuador. Journal of Legislative Studies.


Joan C. Timoneda (2020). Institutions as Signals: How Dictators Consolidate Power in Times of Crisis. Comparative Politics.


Joan C. Timoneda (2019). Where In The World Is My Tweet: Detecting Irregular Removal Patterns On TwitterPLOS ONE 13(9): e0203104.


Abel Escribà-Folch and Joan C. Timoneda (Forthcoming). Personalism in Dictatorships: Disentangling the Process of Power Accumulation Over Time. In Research Handbook on Authoritarianism, edited by Natasha Lindstaedt and Jeroen Van den Bosch. Wiley.


Ernesto Calvo, Joan C. Timoneda and Tiago Ventura (2020). Big Relational Data: Network-Analytic Measurement, in The Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations. SAGE.