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William Harder

Qualitative/Survey Research Methodologist Department of Government

Additional Positions at AU

  • Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, Department of Government
  • Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service
  • Affiliated Researcher, Center for Media and Social Impact
William L. Harder is a research methodologist specializing in qualitative, survey, and mixed-methods research at the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning. In this role he provides methodological consultations to AU faculty, staff, and students. In addition to general research methodology, he specializes in computer-assisted qualitative research, survey design, social media analysis, and network analysis. He also works with faculty from across the university to better integrate research and data into their classes. His own research focuses on U.S. state politics and policy -- specifically the study of governors. Broadly his research falls into two main areas. The first examines gubernatorial administrative policymaking strategies and the impact of a state’s political party system on their adoption. The second focuses on analyzing governors' use of Twitter to construct both inter- and intra-state communications networks and the influence of national politics on the structure and content of these networks. He teaches courses in both the Department of Government and the School of International Service on public policy, the presidency, American politics, and social media and network analysis. He received the American Political Science Association’s Presidency Research Group Fellowship as well as several other awards for his research and teaching. He has been interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered. Prior to coming to AU, he worked for the American Political Science Association, the World Wildlife Fund, and Resources for the Future.


PhD, Political Science and Public Administration, American University MA, Political Science, American University BA, Political Science and Journalism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Ctr for Teaching, Research and Learning
Hurst - 203A
Contact Info
(202) 885-3867 (Office)

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  • Summer 2018

    • SIS-730 Skills Inst in Int'l Affairs: Analyzing Social Media Data
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