Cameron Wimpy

Cameron Wimpy

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science

Arkansas State University


I am associate professor and department chair of political science at Arkansas State University with interests in comparative public administration, political economy, political methodology, and public policy. Starting in Fall 2022, I am also the founding director of the Institute for Rural Initiatives. I am an affiliate faculty with the Center for No Boundary Thinking at A-State. I formerly served as the Research Director in the MIT Election Data and Science Lab, where I managed applied research on the scientific study of elections. I was previously an affiliate faculty member with the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science. I grew up on Crowley’s Ridge in the Arkansas Delta.

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  • Data Science
  • Political Economy
  • Political Methodology
  • Public Policy
  • Spatial Econometrics
  • PhD in Political Science, 2014

    Texas A&M University

  • MA in Political Science, 2009

    Arkansas State University

  • BA in Political Science, 2007

    Arkansas State University

Recent Publications

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(2021). Political Failure and Bureaucratic Potential in Africa. Journal of Policy Studies.

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(2021). X Marks the Spot: Discovering the Treasure of Spatial-X Models. Journal of Politics.

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(2021). Interpretation: The Final Spatial Frontier. Political Science Research and Methods.

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(2020). Abstention, Protest, and Residual Votes in the 2016 Election. Social Science Quarterly.


(2019). Bureaucracy and the Failure of Politics: Challenges to Democratic Governance. Administration and Society.



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