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 for methods teaching and CEU Teaching Excellence Award in 2021 for teaching in the COVID era. 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, and is one of the Academic Coordinators of MethodsNET. Between 2015 and 2021 he was Academic Convenor of the European Consortium for Political Research Methods Schools where he also helped the event move online due to COVID. He 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 and COVID module questionnaire design teams. In 2019-2020 he was European University Institute’s Fernand Braudel Senior Research Fellow. 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 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 & Impact

Current Research Agenda:

    1. Improve accessibility & appropriate use of mainly multilevel & structural equation models.
    2. Advance research on populist polarization, namely the measurement & mitigation of partisan motivated democracy eroding policy preferences.
    3. Understand motivations underlying secessionist attitudes.

Impact Statement:

    1. In the past decade I have led one of the largest political science methods education centers that, during this time, was responsible for the training of around 10,000 course participants. In 2019, I became the editor of the Methods and Measurement section of Frontiers in Political Science & in 2021 I (co-)founded MethodsNET to advance pluralistic social science methods.
    2. I am committed to producing publicly available data which lead to my participation in the European Election Study (mainly 2009), Comparative Study of Election Systems (contributing Hungary 2018 & Tunisia 2019), European Social Survey Wave 10 Democracy & COVID Questionnaire Design Teams. I also extended the Global Populism Database w/ US Governors data & lead the revival of the Hungarian Twin Registry.
    3. Improved public understandings of populism, spawning The Guardian’s 84 article New Populism series. Based on my research, I proposed and designed the most visited: “How Populist Are You?” (1.5 million views).

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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