Levi

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 ReviewBMC 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.

Research Agenda

Methodology: Reaching across disciplines to improve the use or use cases of existing research designs and analytical tools in applied quantitative research.

Populism: Comparatively understand populist attitudes and their activations from the perspective of the individual voter.

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.

Teaching Mission

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.

Methodological Applications

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.

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