Shiro Kuriwaki

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Government
Harvard University

My research focuses on democratic representation in American Politics. In an ongoing project, I am studying the structure of voter's choices across levels of government and the political economy of local elections, both through the use of cast vote records. My other interests include public opinion, survey methods, and applied statistics more generally. Prior to and during graduate school, I worked at the Analyst Institute in Washington D.C.

Curriculum Vitae

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Cambridge, MA 02138


Selected Working Papers

Ballot Image Log Project

The ballot image log project is collecting and organizing public ballot image log data (also known as Cast Voter Records) to advance the understanding of voting patterns in federal, state and local elections. One of the project's goals is to establish a relational database for such data. This project is one of the 2018 New Initiative Grants from the MIT Election Data and Science Lab. Please feel free to contact me for any questions about ths project. Fore more information, see:

Other Writing


At Harvard I have taught classes on American Politics, statistics, and programming, at the undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. level. During 2019-2020, I will be shepherding the use of the R statistical language in the MPA-ID program in the Harvard Kennedy School as the R teaching fellow (See syllabus and slide deck).

I taught the Government Math Prefresher for incoming Ph.D. students in 2017 (with Connor Jerzak) and 2018 (with Yon Soo Park).