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Jowei Chen

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Jowei Chen, PhD, is Associate Professor of Political Science in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prof. Chen holds secondary appointments in the Center for Political Studies and the Institute for Social Research.

Prof. Chen’s research focuses on political geography and political institutions in the United States. His work on legislative districts examines how the geography of Democrat and Republican voters, as well as the political manipulation of district boundaries, affects voters’ political representation in legislatures. This work uses individual-level and precinct-level data about elections, combined with computer simulations of the district-drawing process. Other research projects analyze the political composition of the federal workforce by analyzing the campaign contributions and partisanship of bureaucratic employees, linking employee records with voter registration records and campaign finance data.

 

 

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Bill Currie

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Dr. Currie develops ecosystem process models to simulate biogeochemical cycling and plant community ecology in wetlands, forests, mixed-use and human-dominated landscapes.  He models social and ecological interactions that relate to sustainability in the environment and society’s use of natural resources.  He uses statistical modeling, including structural equation modeling, to study landscape-scale patterns in forest fragmentation and tree cover.  He is interested in transdisciplinary research, model ontologies and model linkages across fields.

Percent tree cover, at 1 km resolution, across the US portion of the Great Lakes basin

Percent tree cover, at 1 km resolution, across the US portion of the Great Lakes basin