Professor René Lindstädt

Professor René Lindstädt

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Head of the School of Government
Professor of Government and Data Science

Contact details

School of Government
Room 645, Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
United Kingdom
B15 2TT

René Lindstädt is Head of the School of Government and Professor of Government and Data Science. He also serves as one of the editors of the British Journal of Political Science.

Feedback and office hours

Please contact Guvinder Kaur Rajania by phone (+44 (0)121 414 8227) or e-mail ( to schedule an appointment.


Professor of Government and Data Science


Professor Lindstädt’s main research and teaching areas are American politics and political institutions, political economy, and political methodology, with particular interests in political accountability and representation, data science, social learning and diffusion and strategic communication and cooperation.

His research has been published in, among others, the American Journal of Political SciencePolitical Analysis, the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies.

Professor Lindstädt’s ongoing research includes, among others, projects on ideological congruence and representation, the electoral politics of war, and electoral competitiveness.

In his free time, he is an avid fan of American sports.


Work in Progress

  • “Presidents Protect Swing Counties from the Human Costs of War.” (With Douglas B. Atkinson, Kevin Fahey and Zach Warner)
  • “Measuring Ideological Congruence.” (With Kevin Fahey and Zach Warner)
  • “Out of Touch: How the ‘Perception Gap’ Drives Unequal Representation.” (With Kevin Fahey and Zach Warner)
  • “The Pitfalls of Using Comparative Manifesto Data to Study Congruence.” (With Kevin Fahey and Zach Warner)
  • “How Partisan Attachments Affect Mass-Elite Congruence.” (With Kevin Fahey and Zach Warner)


Selected Publications

2018. “When Experts Disagree: Response Aggregation and Its Consequences in Expert Surveys.” Political Science Research and Methods. (With Sven-Oliver Proksch and Jonathan B. Slapin)

2017. “Diffusion in Congress: Measuring the Social Dynamics of Legislative Behavior.” Political Science Research and Methods 5:3, 511-27. (With Ryan J. Vander Wielen and Matthew Green)

2017. “The Dynamics of Enlargement in International Organizations.” International Interactions 43:4, 619-42. (With Julia Gray and Jonathan B. Slapin)

2015. “A Cross-National Measure of Electoral Competitiveness.” Political Analysis 23:2, 242-53. (With Mark Andreas Kayser)

2015. “The Influence of News Media on Political Elites: Investigating Strategic Responsiveness in Congress.” American Journal of Political Science 60:1, 5-29. (With Kevin Arceneaux, Martin Johnson and Ryan J. Vander Wielen)

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Professor Lindstädt is an expert on United States politics and has provided commentary on the topic on TV, the radio and in print.