I am a PhD student at NYU's Department of Politics. I study the domestic political economy of international trade with an emphasis on American politics. My job market paper ("The Shifting Effects of Trade-Related Job Losses on Americans' Attitudes about Free Trade") merges geocoded public opinion data with Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) records to demonstrate a robust causal link between trade-related layoffs and negative views of trade at the local level. I find that the strength of this relationship varies significantly according to the partisanship of the president, indicating that both personal experience and elite cues shape Americans' attitudes on this complex issue. Related working papers connect trade-related layoffs to roll-call votes in Congress as well as floor speeches on trade in the US House of Representatives. 

In addition, I conduct research in political methodology, with a focus on the external validity of causally identified relationships. This includes joint work with Jennifer M. Larson (published in the American Political Science Review) analyzing the external validity of using online social network data to test theories about the offline world. Additional research with Rajeev Dehejia, Cristian Pop-Eleches, and Cyrus Samii (published in The Journal of Labor Economics) demonstrates a method for recovering internally valid estimates from one context by using data from another.

I am prepared to teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in American politics, International Political Economy, and political methodology.

 

Email me at: james [dot] bisbee [at] nyu [dot] edu

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