People: Research Faculty
Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Assistant Professor, LSA Political Science
PhD Political Science 2013 University of California, San Diego
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.
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).