A Bleg: What Are the Political Science Blogs?

I recently came across this diavlog between Ezra Klein and Dan Drezner. Klein comments on the dearth of political scientists in the blogosphere:

You would think that you would have just a massive influx of political scientists—high-profile ones at this point, good writers, who are really pushing the best sort of research and and attempting to inject it into political conversation.

That is after he notes how much “skew” there is between political science and economics in this realm. He and Drezner go on to discuss why that might be. I commend their exchange to you, although I’m not going to respond here.

My purpose is instead to list the blogs that feature academic political scientists. These will become part of our blogroll (which is long overdue). And it will give Klein and anyone else a sense of what the political science blogs are. (I’m not trying to prove a point. I agree with him that there are too few polisci blogs.)

Henry compiled the original list. I’ve added a few to it. I’m ignoring how often these blogs are updated. Some are updated only infrequently. At this stage, however, it seems better to build a complete list.

I need you to tell me which ones we’re missing. Again, we’re looking for blogs by academic political scientists—faculty or graduate students, domestic or foreign. A group blog that includes at least one political scientist counts.

Abstract Politics
Tony Arend
Kai Arzheimer
A Sibilant Intake of Breath
Hugh Bartling
Chris Blattman
Laurent Bouvet
Andreas Busch
CDSP Election 2008
Miguel Centellas
Jacob Christensen
Josef Colomer
Crooked Timber
Dan Drezner
The Duck of Minerva
Election ‘08 (Tom Holbrook)
Empirical Legal Studies
Enik Rising (Seth Masket)
Frontloading HQ (Josh Putnam)
Fruits and Votes (Matthew Shugart)
Andrew Gelman
Art Goldhammer
Nils Gustaffson
Matthew Hindman
The Interdependence Complex (Lauren Phillips)
Simon Jackman
Jim Johnson
Kids Prefer Cheese (Mike Munger)
King Politics (Marvin King)
Lawyers, Guns and Money
Jacob Levy
Marc Lynch
Nolan McCarty
Laura McKenna
Brendan Nyhan
Outside the Beltway
Patchwork Nation (Jim Gimpel)
Roger Payne
Political Arithmetik (Charles Franklin)
The Quantitative Peace
Reflective Pundit (Brigitte Nacos)
Signifying Nothing (Chris Lawrence)
Social Science Statistics Blog
Steven Taylor
Uncommon Priors (Paul Gowder)
Voir Dire

32 Responses to A Bleg: What Are the Political Science Blogs?

  1. Jacob Christensen March 2, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    I take it you are looking for English-language blogs – otherwise I know a handful of Swedish academic bloggers blogging in Swedish, but strangely only one other Dane who has resigned from the blogoverse, incidentally.

  2. John Sides March 2, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    Jacob: We are looking for English-language blogs. This isn’t to give short shrift to our Swedish colleagues. It just reflects our own audience.

  3. Michael Allen March 2, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    I already thought my daily reading list was already relatively massive. I need to also update my blogroll (and post more of course).

    A few others:

    Theory Talks – http://www.theory-talks.org
    Stephen Walt -http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/

    There is also this wiki list of Political theory and science blogs:


  4. Jacob Christensen March 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    I expected so – but just in case. 🙂

  5. Tobias March 2, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    Perhaps it’s a bit of self-promotion, but perhaps I can add mine to the list?

    I’m an MIT graduate student who moonlights as one of a handful of Japanese politics bloggers.


  6. Networked Politics March 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    More shameless self-promotion: my (relatively new) blog on social networks and American political science: http://networkedpolitics.blogspot.com/

    Also, check out Drew Conway’s blog on networks, computational political science, and security studies Zero Intelligence Agents: http://blogs.nyu.edu/blogs/agc282/zia/

  7. Greg Weeks March 2, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    I blog about Latin American politics. For reasons unknown, there are very few political science professors who do so.

  8. Drew Conway March 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    Thanks for the posting Networked Politics! I will add one more…

    Chris Albon (grad student at UC Davis) has a great blog on international security issues related to health and medicine


  9. Jacob T. Levy March 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    Let’s see, comparing your list with my blogroll I come up with these additions:

    Public Reason, http://publicreason.net/

    Melissa Harris-Lacewell, http://melissaharrislacewell.com/Blog/

    Colin Farrelly, http://colinfarrelly.blogspot.com/

    Russell Arben Fox, http://inmedias.blogspot.com/

    Patrick Deneen, http://patrickdeneen.blogspot.com/

    Will Roberts, http://acceleratethecontradictions.blogspot.com/

    Michael Munger, http://mungowitzend.blogspot.com/

  10. Adam March 2, 2009 at 2:23 pm #

    Thanks for the shoutout to abstractpolitics.com. My goal for the site is different from other political science blogs–I don’t write commentary, I post 1-2 page critical summaries of recent journal articles. The hope is to make it easier to stay on top of what’s coming out in the top journals.

    I’m always looking for contributors, especially folks from subfields other than my own.

  11. Matt Allen March 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm #


    The author is a undergraduate math major, but it seems to all be quantitative political science(Regressions and all).

    Doesn’t get updated too often though.

  12. laura March 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    And this…


  13. Robert Elgie March 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    You might be interested in my blog. It focuses on semi-presidentialism and developments in countries with semi-presidential constitutions – http://www.semipresidentialism.com

  14. Seth Weinberger March 2, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    I’m a professor of international relations who runs a security-oriented blog called Security Dilemmas at securitydilemmas.blogspot.com

  15. Jose March 2, 2009 at 5:59 pm #

    Thanks for putting this list together..you’ve helped me find some gems. I’m a political scientist who contributes to a blog called
    ThickCulture. It’s hosted by the American Sociological Association. For those of you with cross-disciplinary inclinations, you should check out the other blogs hosted by the ASA. Sociological Images is particularly good.

  16. kim March 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    here’s one from our friendly neighbor to the north, currently a post-doc at UBC:


  17. John Sides March 2, 2009 at 9:52 pm #

    Thanks to you all. If you come across others, please let me know and I’ll add them to the blogroll. Self-promotion is always encouraged.

  18. Americaneocon March 2, 2009 at 11:55 pm #

    Hey, how about a little love over here, yo!

    Donald Douglas, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Political Science
    Long Beach City College

    Blog: American Power


    Regular contributor: Pajamas Media

  19. Sverre March 3, 2009 at 3:12 am #

    A great list! I fear my blogroll will have to expand too now.

    I guess I’ll propose my own blog for the list: http://polemarchus.net

  20. aceckhouse March 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    Andrew Gelman also posts at 538

  21. LFC March 3, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    There are some definitional issues with this bleg, if I may say so respectfully. First, perhaps not all “academic political scientists” (i.e. poli sci faculty or grad students) who blog are doing mainly “academic blogging.” (At least one I’m aware of — I’m not going to name names — is doing a bit of academic blogging and a lot of fairly partisan politics/partisan commentary on current events. I’m also aware of another blog which is about 50/50 academic blogging and partisan commentary. Of course, one person’s partisan commentary may be another’s dispassionate analysis, so that’s another issue.)
    Then there’s the problem of defining “academic political scientist” strictly to mean someone in a university setting, which rules out: 1)PhDs in think tanks and/or government who blog; 2) unemployed PhDs who blog; and 3)possibly some other categories (consultants? independent scholars? freelance writers? who may be political scientists by training) as well.
    Finally, there’s the problem of defining what kind of PhD makes one a ‘political scientist’. Some people have PhDs in Public Policy, or Organizational Behavior, or Political Economy, or Mass Communications, or International Relations, but many of them, if pressed, would probably identify themselves as political scientists. But it’s not clear from the bleg whether only someone whose PhD is labeled “political science” or “government” fits your definition of political scientist. (It would be interesting to know how many APSA members’ degrees say “political science” and how many say something else.) I think you might want to clarify some of these definitional issues.
    (All that said, the blog called Notes on Politics, Theory and Photography definitely qualifies as a blog by an academic political scientist, and I don’t think it’s on the list yet.)

  22. John Sides March 3, 2009 at 8:35 pm #

    LFC: Notes on Politics, Theory, and Photography is listed under the blogger’s name (Jim Johnson).

    As for your definitional queries, I can only say that the phrase “academic political scientist” was intended to denote people with academic training in political science, not people who hold positions in the academy. It is entirely possible that someone with a degree in political economy or other fields would qualify, depending on their specific areas of expertise.

    I deliberately didn’t want to get into the definitional particulars because I wanted to cast as wide a net as possible.

    If there are other blogs that you think might fit the bill, please suggest them. Thanks.

  23. JU March 5, 2009 at 12:26 am #

    Methodology undergrad here. Can anyone distinguish what blogs on here focus on methodology (game theory or regressions)?

  24. Napp Nazworth March 5, 2009 at 9:00 pm #

    Some more self-promotion:


  25. Russell Arben Fox March 6, 2009 at 7:39 pm #

    Thanks for the support, Jacob and Laura.

  26. Kris-Stella March 7, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    Thanks for the list! I have been looking for a collection of links like this one.

    And yet more self-promotion: I am a political science graduate student and keep a blog at http://kstrump.blogspot.com.

  27. Jack Pitney March 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    Jim Ceaser, Andy Busch and I have a new book on the 2008 election. We’re using the blog to supplement the book with further analysis and information. URL is http://epicjourney2008.blogspot.com/

  28. jose marichal March 8, 2009 at 11:36 pm #

    One more time with ThickCulture. The last comment had a broken link 🙁

  29. paul g March 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm #


    And I agree with one poster above–just because a political scientist has a blog does not therefore make the blog about politics or political science.