Friday, February 23, 2007

Most cited work

Here's the list for 20 most-cited publications. The name of the assistant professor is in bold; the last number in parentheses is the citation count. One caveat - for articles, I took into account only the number of cites as reported by ISI Web of Science when looking at the article page ("times cited" field). Most of the papers actually have a few extra cites in the database, but WoS has not recorded them in the right format.

1. John Bound, David A. Jaeger and Regina M. Baker. 1995. "On Potential Problems with Instrumental Variables Estimation When the Correlation Between the Instruments and the Endogenous Explanatory Variable is Weak." Journal of the American Statistical Association 90: 443-450 (448).

2. Gary King, Michael Tomz, and Jason Wittenberg. 2000. "Making the Most of Statistical Analyses: Improving Interpretation and Presentation." American Journal of Political Science 44: 341-355 (160; there are 190 further cites to Clarify software which I won't list separately).

3. Gary King, James Honaker, Anne Joseph and Kenneth Scheve. 2001. "Analyzing Incomplete Political Science Data: An Alternative Algorithm for Multiple Imputation." American Political Science Review 95: 49-69 (144; there are 89 further cites to Amelia software which I won't list separately).

4. Herbert Kitschelt, in collaboration with Anthony J. McGann. 1995. The Radical Right in Western Europe: A Comparative Analysis. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (128).

5. Hein Goemans. 2000. War and Punishment: The Causes of War Termination and the First World War, Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press (76).

6. Peter C. Ordeshook and Olga Shvetsova. 1994. "Ethnic Heterogeneity, District Magnitude, and the Number of Parties." American Journal of Political Science 38: 100–23 (66).

7. Clark Gibson, Elinor Ostrom, and T.K. Ahn. 2000. "The Concept of Scale and the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change." Ecological Economics 32: 217-239 (62).

8. Jenna Bednar and William N. Eskridge, Jr. 1995. "Steadying the Court's 'Unsteady Path': A Theory of Judicial Enforcement of Federalism." Southern California Law Review 68: 1447-1491 (54).

9. Torben Iversen and Anne Wren. 1998. "Equality, Employment, and Budgetary Restraint: The Trilemma of the Service Economy." World Politics 50: 507-46 (50).

10. Alan I. Abramowitz and Kyle L. Saunders. 1998. "Ideological Realignment in the US Electorate." Journal of Politics 60: 634-652 (48).

11. Steven C. Poe, C. Neal Tate and Linda Camp Keith. 1999. "Repression of the Human Right to Personal Integrity Revisited: A Global Crossnational Study Covering the Years 1976-1993." International Studies Quarterly 43: 291-313 (46).

12. Ian Hurd. 1999. "Legitimacy and Authority in International Politics." International Organization 53: 379-408 (45).

13. Paul G. Lewis. 1996. Shaping Suburbia: How Political Institutions Organize Urban Development. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

14. Mark Hallerberg and Scott Basinger. 1998. "Internationalization and Changes in Tax Policy in OECD Countries. The Importance of Domestic Veto Players." Comparative Political Studies 31: 321-352 (43).

15. Robert C. Lowry, James E. Alt and Karen E. Ferree. 1998. "Fiscal Policy Outcomes and Electoral Accountability in American States." American Political Science Review 92: 759-774 (42).

16. James L. Gibson, Gregory A. Caldeira, and Vanessa Baird. 1998. "On the Legitimacy of National High Courts." American Political Science Review 92: 343-358 (41).

16. Paul K. Huth and Todd Allee. 2003. The Democratic Peace and Territorial Conflict in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (41).

18. Geoffrey Garrett, R. Daniel Keleman, and Heiner Schulz. 1998. "The European Court of Justice, National Governments, and Legal Integration in the European Union." International Organization 52: 149-76 (40).

19. Colin Elman. 1996. "Horses for Courses: Why Not Neo-Realist Theories of Foreign Policy?" Security Studies 6: 7-53 (38).

20. Beth Simmons and Zachary Elkins. 2004. "The Globalization of Liberalization: Policy Diffusion in the International Political Economy." American Political Science Review 98: 171-190 (37).

(Assisting) Political Science 40

I did not collect citations information for the February 2007 update. I just did not have the time. However, I decided to to something close to that - figure out who are the 40 most cited assistant professors of political science (in PhD granting departments, as of February 23, 2007).

Unfortunately, the Web of Science information is sometimes quite inaccurate, so I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the following lists. See January 2007 PS: Political Science & Politics article on PS400 for various problems with coding citations data. A few remarks - every citation counts fully, even if the piece is co-authored (or in one case - "in collaboration with"); in case of co-authored books (and in one case - software), I manually counted cites to the book (software) so that co-authors don't lose out (Web of Science does not list co-authors...).

I collected two pieces of information - first, a ranking by name and then the most cited articles/books/software where a current assistant professor is a (co-)author. The top publication list is in the next post. Please let me know of any problems (you may leave an anonymous comment; I will not publish it if you don't want me to).

One strong caveat - ranking assistant professors based on the citation information is not a very valid "ranking," unfortunately. Two main reasons: 1. The most cited people have usually stayed on the assistant level for longer than usual (they should actually be compared with people of their "age"); 2. Disregarding co-authorship distorts the results quite strongly (very often, a paper published when the current assistant professor was still in graduate school). Nevertheless, I think more information is always better.

Assisting Professors 40:
(in parentheses, current school is given first, followed by PhD school and graduation year, then followed by the number of cites in the second parenthesis)

1. Regina M. Baker (Oregon, Michigan 2002) (448)
2. Michael Tomz (Stanford, Harvard 2001) (419)
3. Jason Wittenberg (Berkeley, MIT 1999) (334)
4. James Honaker (UCLA, Harvard 2001) (235)
5. Anthony McGann (UC Irvine, Duke 1999) (165)
6. Olga Shvetsova (SUNY Binghamton, CalTech 1995) (156)
7. Jenna Bednar (Michigan, Stanford 1998) (151)
8. Colin Elman (Arizona State, Columbia 1999) (138)
9. Hein Goemans (Rochester, Chicago 1995) (135)
10. Doug Gibler (Alabama, Vanderbilt 1997) (129)
11. Christopher Federico (Minnesota, UCLA Psychology 1001) (119)
12. T.K. Ahn (Florida State, Indiana 2001) (94)
13. Linda Camp Keith (Texas-Dallas, North Texas 1999) (89)
14. Zachary Elkins (Illinois, Berkeley 2002) (88)
15. Joanne Miller (Minnesota, Ohio State psychology 2000) (83)
16. Janelle Wong (USC, Yale 2001) (81)
17. Ian Hurd (Northwestern, Yale 2000) (79)
18. Kevin M. Quinn (Harvard, WashU 1999) (78)
19. Carole J. Wilson (Texas-Dallas, UNC 2001) (77)
20. Michele L. Swers (Georgetown, Harvard 2000) (75)
21. Zoltan L. Hajnal (UCSD, Chicago 1998) (74)
21. Paul Lewis (Arizona State, Princeton 1994) (74)
21. Monika L. McDermott (Connecticut, UCLA 1999) (74)
21. Layna Mosley (UNC, Duke 1999) (74)
25. Michael D. Cobb (North Carolina State, Illinois 2001) (72)
25. John Transue (Duke, Minnesota 2001) (72)
27. David E. Campbell (Notre Dame, Harvard 2002) (69)
27. Henry E. Hale (George Washington, Harvard 1998) (69)
29. Henry Farrell (George Washington, Georgetown 2000) (68)
30. Brian Sala (UC Davis, UCSD 1994) (67)
30. Mark J.C. Crescenzi (UNC, Illinois 2000) (67)
30. Milana A. Vachudova (UNC, Oxford 1997) (67)
33. Jeffery A. Jenkins (Northwestern, Illinois 1999) (66)
34. Gretchen Helmke (Rochester, Chicago 2000) (65)
35. Mala Htun (New School for Social Research, Harvard 2000) (64)
36. Eva Bertram (UC Santa Cruz, Yale 2004) (61)
37. Jan-Werner Müller (Princeton, Oxford 1999) (59)
37. Soo Yeon Kim (Maryland, Yale 1998) (59)
37. Emilie Hafner-Burton (Princeton, Wisconsin 2003) (59)
40. Miki C. Kittilson (Arizona State, UC Irvine 2001) (58)

There are obviously several people right behind the cutoff, so I just mention everyone else as well for whom I counted 50 cites or more (in alphabetical order): Scott Allard, Todd Allee, Scott Basinger, Rachel Cichowski, Scott Desposato, Karen Ferree, Mikhail Filippov, Venelin Ganev, Virginia Hettinger, Joseph Jupille, Andrew G. Long, Brian Moraski, Sebastian Saiegh, Kyle L. Saunders, Heiner Schulz, Pete Wielhouwer, Anne Wren.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Guest blogging at MoneyLaw

Starting this week, I will be guest blogging at the excellent MoneyLaw, a blog devoted to "the art of winning an unfair academic game" (focusing on legal academia). Please drop by.

Canadian departments

I have been asked whether I could include Canadian political science departments. I'm afraid I will not be able to do so, at least at the moment (time is a scarce commodity, after all).

Monday, February 12, 2007


[Update: February 20] I have now posted an updated spreadsheet. Just follow the old link for February data below. There were just a few mistakes that were pointed out to me.

None of the mistakes involved a "missing publication." As I have explained before, for the sake of consistency, I follow the Web of Science database (both SSCI and A&HI). If the publication is not in there, it's not on this spreadsheet. Until I come up with a better policy (in terms of both helpfulness as well as feasibility) to distinguish between what is "in" and what is "out", I will follow the current one.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

February update

Here is a spreadsheet with information on assistant professors as of February 2007. Please read the notes on the first worksheet. Most disclaimers that I posted in July 2006 apply. As you will notice, there is no citations information (I did not have the time, and the numbers are not very reliable anyway; see the excellent appendix to the PS400 article in the last PS:Political Science & Politics). I did use the traditional 5 subfield designations for everybody, and there must be several mistakes/borderline cases there (when is an IPE person "comparativist" and when is she an IR person; when is one methodologist v. americanist etc?).

[Edit: February 9] To make it clear: the spreadsheet includes only those journal publications that were in the Web of Science database in early February 2007. Forthcoming publications, and even those that have appeared but have not yet made it to Web of Science have not been taken into account. This bright line rule ensures at least some consistency. I have included forthcoming books if they were on the person's website.

Any comments and corrections are welcome, you can leave an anonymous comment if you wish to do so (they will not appear on the website unless I want them to).

General comments on 2007 data

[A small change made on February 20, 2007]

In February 2007, there were 731 assistant professors in PhD-granting political science departments (the spreadsheet has 742 names but 11 of them will start in their new institution later in 2007). I will operate with the number 742 from now on.

Of those, 479 were male and 263 (35.4%) female. There are 139 "new" assistant professors (not necessarily hired the last year; and some of them had a tenure-track position before). Of those, 90 are male and 49 (35.3%) female. Field-wise, 294 do American, 191 Comparative, 169 IR, 77 Theory, and 11 do purely Methods (I classified methods people usually as Americanists if they had at least some publications in American politics - which means most of them).

Most people come from Harvard (45), followed by UC Berkeley (43), Michigan (37), Stanford (36), Columbia (31), Princeton (27), Chicago (26), UC San Diego (25), UCLA (22) and Yale (22).

The sum of "number of publications" variable provides a total of 1867 articles. Probably around half of the articles (914) are single-authored (there are double counts for non-single-authored articles, and I don't know how many). The median number of ISI Web of Science-mentioned publications is 2 (0.5 per year; if discounted by authorship, then 0.33 per year). 216 have a book (usually published, but some forthcoming; I even included some "under contract"). Almost as many (207) have at least one "top-3" publication.