Department of Economics

Travis Coan

  • Graduated: 2003
  • Field: University Professor

Travis Coan, who graduated in 2003, received the department’s highest honor, the Smale award, for his excellence as a student of economics.  In 2011 he received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.  Dr. Coan is a Lecturer in Quantitative Political Science and an academic staff member at the University of Exeter's Q-Step Centre(opens in new window).  “Before joining the Politics Department at Exeter, Travis was a Statistician and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he directed the Empirical Research Services group and taught applied quantitative analysis. While Travis' research spans a diverse set of topics in political science, his most recent work applies advances in text-mining and natural language processing to examine the relationship between climate change, skepticism, public opinion, and environmental policy. Travis’ methodological interests include the study of causal inference with experimental and observational data, text analysis, and Bayesian statistics. His work has appeared in International Studies QuarterlyInternational Interactions, and Political Psychology, among others.”  Source: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/politics/staff/coan/(opens in new window)