Levente Littvay is Professor of Political Science at Central European University where he teaches grad courses in applied statistics, research design, electoral politics, voting behavior, political psychology, American politics. Was honored with CEU’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015. In 2019-2020 he is also European University Institute’s Fernand Braudel Senior Research Fellow. Received his MA and PhD in Political Science and an MS in Survey Research and Methodology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Consults regularly, taught numerous research methods workshops, is one of the Academic Convenors of the European Consortium for Political Research Methods Schools, head of Team Survey in Team Populism where he helped spawn the New Populism series with The Guardian and member of the European Social Survey’s Round 10 (2020-21) democracy module questionnaire design team. Secured close to a million EUR in grants to conduct research on survey and quantitative methodology, twin and family studies (as the co-director of the Hungarian Twin Registry), and the psychology of radicalism and populism. Specialty Chief co-Editor for the Methods and Measurement section of the newly launched Open Access journal Frontiers in Political Science. Has publications in Social Justice Research for which he received the Morton Deutsch Award for best article in 2017, also in Political Analysis, The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Political Psychology, Politics & Gender, PS, Swiss Political Science Review, BMC Medical Research Methodology, Behavior Genetics, and along with other medical journals, in Twin Research and Human Genetics where he is Associate Editor for Social Sciences. Books include Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling in SAGE QASS (little green book) series and Contemporary US Populism in Comparative Perspective in Cambridge University Press Elements in American Politics series. Co-edited The Ideational Approach to Populism in Routlege Extremism and Democracy series.
Methodology: Reaching across disciplines to improve the use or use cases of existing research designs and analytical tools in applied quantitative research.
Twin & Family Studies: Study twins’ families to understand socialization mechanisms, behaviors, attitudes and physiology with an emphasis on gene by environment interactions, gene expression, and comparison of contexts and populations.
Methodology: Foster a friendly learning environment for this scary topic, offering a diverse and broadly applicable interdisciplinary methods education and guiding scholars in becoming better critics, writers, presenters, analysts, and researchers.
Social Science: Guide through complex research applications, encouraging a critical view independent of authors’ rank/authority, leading to thoughtful, creative, and original research that meets the highest scientific, ethical and personal standards.
Design effective studies and apply the appropriate methodologies to real life problems in the world of policy, science and beyond. Produce studies that allow for causal inference to maximize effective resources use.
Tools used include randomized experiments, counterfactual program evaluation and other applications of quasi-experimental designs for causal inference, survey design and analysis, nonresponse correction, structural equation and multilevel models, and general foundations in the philosophy of science.
I am going to preface this by saying, I am putting my personal opinions in writing here. No more, no less. I don’t speak for anyone else. My words carry no more weight than anyone else’s who is part of the CEU community. I know this post will piss a lot of good friends and …
In my previous blog post on how to generate more revenue for CEU than a tuition scheme ever could (and do so without selling out our principle), I promised that this is only the beginning of a series. I also mentioned that I will, soon, write more about how “the CEU2025 plan […] (with generous …
CEU is going through an incredible transformation. We are moving countries and we are facing new challenges. CEU leadership laid out a plan that is referred to as CEU2025. I plan to write about what I am about to say in an itemized list but my broad conclusion after looking at the CEU2025 plan is …