Apr. 05, 2016

Hi, I’m Elliott.

Hi, I’m Elliott, a data journalist at The Economist who specializes in political science, polls, elections, and predictive analytics (forecasting elections mainly, both in the United States and abroad). In 2018 I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in government and history and a minor in computer science.

In the past, I worked as a survey methodology intern for the Pew Research Center and started a project to forecast elections in real time for Decision Desk HQ. I have contributed to the Upshot at the New York Times and held various research roles at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, The University of Texas at Austin Department of Government, The Daily Texan, and Vote Smart while earning my undergraduate degree.

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Please refer to my Twitter for updated (but brief) biographical information.

More to come. Updates in progress.

# Links
# Published Research - Wlezien, Christopher and George Elliott Morris. (2017). Dynamics of (National) Electoral Preferences in the 2016 US Presidential Race. In A. Cavari, R. Powell & K. Mayer (Eds.), The 2016 Presidential Election: The Causes and Consequences of a Political Earthquake. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
# Education B.A. Government, B.A. History, Minor in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. 2018.
# Research Interests Broadly defined, I'm interested in what informs the political decisions people make and how we can measure (and anticipate) those decisions. I am pursuing graduate school for these interests, and hope to use a Ph.D. in American Government and Methodology to contribute to the fields of public opinion, survey research, and election forecasting. My undergraduate honors thesis contributed to the growing literature on political polarization, asymmetry, and belief systems by identifying the policy issues that matter most to the two major ideological groups among the American public. I analyzed the relationships between policy preferences, party identification, ideological self-categorization, and social group membership in the time series American National Election Study surveys and in a novel survey experiment. You can read more in the "Research" page of this website. Dr. Bethany Albertson supervised my project.
# Work History
  1. Pew Research Center Methodology Intern May 2017 - August 2017
    • Assisting with the operation of the American Trends Panel including working with users to develop questionnaire modules, interacting with the panel’s contractor team, assisting with data cleaning and processing, computing and analyzing panel performance data, reporting findings and other related tasks.
    • Assist Methods staff in working with research staff to provide methodological advice at various stages in the research process, including overall study design, sampling, questionnaire development, data collection, weighting, analysis, and reporting.
    • Assist with writing methodology sections for reports and maintaining methodology-related materials on the website
    • Assist with the design and implementation of other methodological projects.
  2. University of Texas Department of Government Undergraduate Research Assistant November 2015 - May 2018
    Assisted with...
    • research on the "cost-of-ruling" effect in 100+ democracies.
    • a literature review of empathy in politics.
    • research on the media’s coverage of public policy.
  3. The Daily Texan Senior Columnist June 2016 - June 2017
    • I wrote weekly columns on various topics, mostly political, including: the 2016 election, environmental policy, higher education policy in Texas, Texas’ 85th legislative session, and more.
As documented above, I have some hearty experience in the realm of political science and public policy. My additional experience and education in history and computer science offer some clear advantages to other applicants, the least of which is my ability to build this website. If you have any questions or further comments, please do not hesitate to shoot me an email or tweet at me.

I created this blog with the R programming language using the excellent blogdown package created by Yihui Xie. It is rendered by Hugo using a customized version of Yihui’s own XMin theme.

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