Johan A. Elkink


I work as Associate Professor in Research Methods for the Social Sciences at the School of Politics and International Relations and the College of Social Sciences and Law's Graduate School, teaching primarily modules on statistics and research methodology. Previous, I was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-MIT Data Center of the Institute of Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, where I consulted students and staff on the use of quantitative methods and software in their research.

My research focuses on three different strands, all involving the application or development of statistical methods to the study of political science. The main research agenda concerns the development of techniques for spatial econometric analysis of political phenomena, building on my PhD thesis on the international diffusion of democracy. Recent research, with Raffaella Calabrese, concentrates on the estimation of spatial econometric models with discrete dependent variables. While spatial correlations are common in studies of policy diffusion, regime transitions, voting behaviour, etc., little attention has thus far been paid to the resulting complications in statistical estimation, in particular when the dependent variable is dichotomous in nature.

The second strand is concerned with the application of recent advances in statistical analysis to the study of political elites in Russia, in collaboration with Alexander Baturo, with a focus on understanding institutionalisation, personalisation, and patronage networks in the Kremlin. The third strand studies voting behaviour in particular in referendums in Ireland, building on previous collaboration with Richard Sinnott.

In my spare time I am into hiking, primarily through the Out and About Hiking group in Dublin; playing the piano; computer programming; sailing (although I rarely do); and online and offline computer gaming. I am the founder and original programmer of the online multiplayer roleplaying game Cantr II, which is based on a Lego city game I used to play in childhood and I used to have a roleplaying character in UCIP called Alexander "Sasha" Plekhov (which explains some of the logins below). On the Playstation Network my login is jelkink, in case you want to connect there.

Contact information

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My Gmail, Skype, Yahoo and WeChat accounts start with jelkink, my Hotmail account (only MSN, ignoring email) with plekhov and on AIM my login is jelkink29. On IRC I’m usually logged in as either jos, plekhov, or sasha. My primary email is the Gmail one.

If you want to send me something by mail, you can use my work address:

Johan A. Elkink
School of Politics and International Relations
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4

I can be found in room F304, which is on the third floor of the Newman Building at UCD. I do not have dedicated office hours, so just drop in, or if you want to make sure I am present, make an appointment by email first.

My work phone number is +353 1 716 8150.