Ryan T. Moore

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Government at American University in Washington, DC (AU). I am also serving as Senior Social Scientist for The Lab @ DC. At AU, I am a Fellow of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS). I earned my Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University.

During academic years 2010-2012, I was a Scholar in Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

I am an affiliate of the research network on Experiments in Governance and Politics (EGAP) and Washington University in St. Louis' Institute for Public Health. At Harvard, I was a doctoral fellow of the Inequality and Social Policy program, and a graduate associate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS).

My research interests center around statistical political methodology, with applications in American social policy. Substantively, I am interested in the intersection of federalism, direct democracy, and the politics of old age pensions and health care. Methodologically, I develop and implement methods for political experiments, ecological data, missing data, causal inference, and geolocated data.

In 2016, I co-hosted SLAMM! 2016 at American University. For information about the conference, see here.


  • Political methodology
  • American politics
  • Social policy
  • State politics

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  • blockTools for randomized experiments
  • Milieu for iOS surveys and geolocated data
  • muRL for scraping eJobs and LaTeX
  • eiPack for ecological inference

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  • Classes at AU
  • Helpful How-To guides (especially for computing)
  • General advice
  • Classes and talks from outside AU

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