Michael Colaresi


Hello. I am the William S. Dietrich II Chair of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. My work leverages the accelerating availability of computational tools and digitized text to analyze patterns of national security secrecy and oversight, international and intrastate violence, and changes in human rights over time. My most recent book, Democracy Declassified: The Secrecy Dilemma in National Security (Oxford University Press), explores the effectiveness of legislative oversight, freedom of information laws and the press in resolving the inherent contradiction between domestic accountability and private information in liberal states. Democracy Declassified was shortlisted for the 2015 Conflict Research Society book prize. My current projects use advances in machine learning and Bayesian data analysis to improve our ability to predict and understand international relations. I also develop computational and visual tools that enable domain specialists to work alongside computer scientists to improve specific applications. I am co-editor of the journal International Interactions and was co-recipient of the Gosnell Prize for Excellence in Political Methodology from the Methodology section of the American Political Science Association in 2006. In my previous position at Michigan State University, I founded and directed the Social Science Data Analytics initiative. On this site you will find information on my research and teaching. A copy of my CV is here.


William S. Dietrch II Chair

Department of Political Science

University of Pittsburgh

4600 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Pittsburgh, PA 15260