Adam Ramey, Assistant Professor of Political Science, NYUAD
Adam Ramey, Assistant Professor of Political Science, NYUAD

Adam Ramey

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi


B.A. George Washington University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Rochester

Adam Ramey is a scholar of American politics, political methodology, and comparative legislative institutions.

His research focuses on two broad areas: legislative institutions and political methodology. His current research (with Gary Hollibaugh and Jonathan Klingler) explores how personality and ideology come together to shape legislative behavior. They have developed the first-ever estimates of legislator personality over time and show how these predict a wide range of legislative behavior. The project is an inherently interdisciplinary enterprise, drawing insight from political science, psychology, experimental economics, and machine learning.

Ramey is also working on a number of collaborative projects. The first of these is with Lawrence Rothenberg, in which they analyze the donation behavior of nonprofit foundations to environmental NGOs. Using social network analysis and zero-inflated log-normal utility threshold item response models, they are able to disentangle the motivations behind foundation giving and NGO adaptation. The other projects include an experimental study on the effects of valence factors on candidate evaluations (co-authored with Jonathan Klingler and Gary Hollibaugh), a project unifying survey and roll call approaches to the study of legislator-voter ideological matching, and a paper on measuring the effects of party loyalty on committee assignments (with Nicole Asmussen).

Many Americans believe that the US congress has become dysfunctional over the past decade and that this breakdown has been caused by an increase in ideological polarization: Democrats are more liberal, while Republicans are more conservative. But Assistant Professor of Political Science Adam Ramey argues that a big part of the problem may be representatives personality traits, which have changed over time.