Professor Simon Jackman

Chief Executive Officer

Professor Simon Jackman commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre in April 2016.

Jackman was born and raised in Brisbane, and graduated with first class Honours in Government from the University of Queensland. He earned his doctorate at the University of Rochester and Princeton University and is a citizen of both Australia and the United States.

Jackman’s research has appeared in the leading journals of political science, in a publishing career spanning thirty years. Between 1996 and 2016, he was a Professor of Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University. Jackman served as one of the Principal Investigators of the American National Election Studies, the world’s longest running and most authoritative survey of political behaviour and attitudes, directing this project over both the 2012 and 2016 presidential election cycles.

His current research focuses on the opportunities and challenges of web-based survey research, the political and scientific consequences of under-representing hard-to-reach populations in social research, and developing methodologies for assessing the partisan symmetry and fairness of electoral redistricting. As CEO, Jackman oversees the policy-focused research of the US Studies Centre, with a special interest in measuring and analysing American and Australian public opinion, studies of investment flows between Australia and the US and comparisons of energy policies in the two countries.

In 2016 and 2017, Jackman served as an expert witness helping to secure the first successful legal challenges to partisan gerrymandering in the United States in decades. These landmark cases are now before the Supreme Court of the United States.

In 2013, Jackman was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a past president and Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology. In 2018, Jackman was elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Areas of expertise

  • Australia-US relations
  • Public opinion and polling
  • US politics and elections
  • US foreign policy, defence and strategy