Patrick T. Brandt

Professor of Political Science in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and Faculty Associate at the Center for Global Collective Action at the University of Texas at Dallas

Title: An Overview of a Current Event Data Production Effort: the RIDIR Event Data Project

Abstract: Many new automated event data-projects have been initiated in the social sciences in recent years, including a current multi-institutional National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project entitled “Modernizing Political Event Data for Big Data Social Science Research” ( This talk will give an overview of recent developments from this RIDIR project.


Patrick holds an A.B. (1994) in Government from the College of William and Mary, an M.S. (1997) in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. (2001) in Political Science from Indiana University. His research interests center on the study of political dynamics. This focuses on the development and application of time series and forecasting models to the study of political institutions, political economy, international relations, and violent political conflict such as terrorism. This research agenda has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Center for Economic and Risk Analysis of Terrorist Events (CREATE). His current research builds on the automated acquisition and coding of event data for forecasting funded by the National Science Foundation SBE RIDIR program through 2019.