Robert J. Franzese

University of Michigan


Rob Franzese (Ph.D. Government 1996, A.M. Economics 1995, Harvard University) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and Fellow of The Society for Political Methodology. Much of his recent research, collaborative with Jude Hays, focuses on spatial-econometric models of interdependence, especially on the specification, estimation, and interpretation of empirical models that respect the profound, and distinct, implications of spatially distributed exposure of spatial contagion/spillovers, and of endogenous formation of the connections between spatial units by which their exposure may be correlated and/or their outcomes contagious. Franzese and Hays' several articles and chapters on these topics appear in methodological and substantive journals and volumes in political science, statistics, and economics. Beyond spatial-econometric models of interdependence, on which the two are also currently completing a book, Franzese's research focuses on other areas of empirical methodology, most notably methods appropriate for complex context-conditionality and for time-series-cross-section data, and, substantively, on comparative and international political economy. Combined, these research agendas have yielded 3 books and 28 articles & chapters in journals/volumes across these three disciplines (and five languages: English, Japanese, Italian, German, and Chinese), winning five best-paper awards, two each for work in comparative politics/political-economy and political methodology and one for work in network-analytic methodology.