MSU PLS expands methods teaching with new assistant professor hire

January 24, 2024 - Karessa Weir

Dr. Marco Morucci has accepted an offer for a new position in computational social science with the MSU Department of Political Science.

Dr. Marco MorucciMSU PLS Chair Dr. Jeffrey Conroy-Krutz announced the hire in January.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to grow our methods program even further,” Dr. Conroy-Krutz said.

 Dr. Morucci will officially join the department in the fall of 2024.

“I’m greatly looking forward to joining such an outstanding, diverse, and lively scholarly community as the Department of Political Science at MSU, and to doing my best to contribute to all that makes the department great,” Dr. Morucci said.

Dr. Morucci is currently a faculty fellow at New York University’s Center for Data Science where he researches methods for empirical political science “in settings where data is scarce and causal inference is hard.”

“I address problems in this setting by combining machine learning and causal inference methodology,” he said. “My applied research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of mass public action, and on corruption and bribery in developing countries.”

Dr. Morucci received his Ph.D. in political methodology at Duke University and his master’s degree from the London School of Economics.His undergraduate education was at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome.