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Christopher Fariss

Faculty Associate


Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Assistant Professor, LSA Political Science


PhD Political Science 2013 University of California, San Diego


Christopher Fariss’s Website & Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Christopher Fariss’s Google Scholar Profile


Christopher Fariss’ core research interest is in the politics of human rights, violence, and repression. He uses computational methods to understand why governments around the world choose to torture, maim, and kill individuals within their jurisdiction. Other projects cover a broad array of themes, ranging from foreign aid to American voting behavior, but share a focus on computationally intensive methods and research design. These methodological tools, essential for analyzing “big data”, open up new insights into the micro-foundations of state repression.


Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan
Room 4248, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104–2321, United States

Phone: 734–763–2716
Fax: 734–764–3341
Email: [email protected]

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Selected Publications

Please also see Christopher Fariss’ Website & Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Christopher Fariss’s Google Scholar Profile

Fariss, Christopher J. and Zachary M. Jones. “Enhancing External Validity in Observational Settings When Replication is Not Possible” Political Science Research and Methods (Conditionally Accepted).

Bond, Robert M., Christopher J. Fariss, Jason J. Jones, Jaime E. Settle, and James H. Fowler. “Social Endorsement Cues and Political Participation in an Experiment Involving 61 Million Facebook Users” Political Communication (Forthcoming).

Dancy, Geoff and Christopher J. Fariss. “Rescuing Human Rights Law from International Legalism and Its Critics” Human Rights Quarterly (Forthcoming).

Fariss, Christopher J. “Are Things Really Getting Better?: How To Validate Latent Variable Models of Human Rights” British Journal of Political Science (Forthcoming).

Fariss, Christopher J. “The Changing Standard of Accountability and the Positive Relationship between Human Rights Treaty Ratification and Compliance” British Journal of Political Science (Forthcoming).