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Joan Timoneda

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Assistant Professor (data science) 

Political Science  

Joan C. Timoneda joins Purdue as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science.  

Timoneda received a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the DevLab@Duke and the Political Science Department at Duke University.  

Timoneda is a comparativist and data scientist with an interest in authoritarian regimes, democratic backsliding, and big data methods. His book project, How Dicators Survive, explores how dictators use formal institutions to personalize their regime and survive in power longer. He combines archival work and advance natural language processing techniques to analyze the evolution of Rafael Trujillo's regime in the Dominican Republic. Timoneda's applied methods work also focuses on forecasting events using big data from Twitter and Google Trends.   

At Purdue, Timoneda will participate in the Advanced Methods at Purdue program and teach in the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program.