Bill Harder is a research methodologist specializing in qualitative, survey, and mixed-methods research at American University’s Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning. He specializes in computer-assisted qualitative research, survey design, social media analysis, and network analysis. A political scientist by training, 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.
Ph.D. Political Science and Public Administration, American University; M.A. Political Science, American University; B.A. Political Science and Journalism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania