Nicole Rae Baerg
Department of Government, University of Essex 
Social Sciences, University of Mannheim 


Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Department of Government, University of Essex (October 2016- ). 

Assistant Professor of International Organizations
Department of Social Sciences, University of Mannheim (March 2014-October 2016).

Post-doctoral Researcher in Quantitative Methods (Political Textual Analysis)
The Political Economy of Reforms, University of Mannheim (March 2013-April 2014).

Pre-doctoral Visiting Faculty
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (August 2011-September 2012).

Research Interests:

Comparative Political Economy, Comparative Political Institutions, Central Banking, Political Text Analysis, Computational Social Science


Ph.D. Political Science, Emory University, May 2013.
Dissertation Title: The Political Economy of Conquering Inflation: The Impact of Elite Opposition and Elite Consensus on Inflation-Stabilization
Committee: Eric Reinhardt, Mark Hallerberg, Drew Linzer, and Tao Zha

M.A. Political Science, McGill University, 2006.
B.A.(Hons) Economics and International Development Studies, McGill University, 2004.

Published Journal Articles:

Baerg, Nicole, Julie Hotchkiss, and Myriam Quispe-Agnoli. ``Documenting the Unauthorized: Political Responses to Unauthorized Immigration'' Economics and Politics 30.1 (2018): 1-26. 

   Monkey Cage Blog Post on Elections and the Unauthorized 

Baerg, Nicole and Mark Hallerberg. ``Explaining Instability in the Stability and Growth Pact: The Contribution of Member State Power and Euroskepticism to the Euro Crisis.'' Comparative Political Studies 49.7 (2016): 968-1009.

   Monkey Cage Blog Post and LSE blog on the EU and fiscal policy 

Sanja Štajner, Nicole Baerg, Simone Paolo Ponzetto, and Heiner Stuckenschmidt ``Automatic Detection of Speculation in Policy Statements'' in NLP+CSS: Workshops on Natural Language Processing and Computational Social Science (2016) ACM.

Baerg, Nicole, Will Lowe, Simone Paolo Ponzetto, Heiner Stuckenschmidt and Cäcilia Zirn. ``Estimating Central Bank Preferences,''  In: Paper entry to the NLP Unshared Task in PoliInformatics. PoliInformatics Research Coordination Network (PInet), [Washington, DC], pp 1-6, (2014). Winning entry 

Aacosta, Pablo, Nicole Baerg, and Federico Mandelman.``Remittances, Exchange Rate Regimes, and Financial Sector Development: A Panel Data Analysis,'' Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, pp 1-12, (2009).

Brawley, Mark and Nicole Baerg.``Structural Adjustment, Development and Democracy: New Theories of International Trade Adjustment,'' with Mark R. Brawley in International Studies Review, Vol. 9 (4) Winter (2007).

Under Review:

``The Economic Benefits of Precise Policy Announcements.'' Paper prepared for the LSE speaker series, January 2016. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the International Political Economy Society Meeting 2013, and at the University California at Merced, October 2013. (invited to Re-submit at Business and Politics)

``A Textual Taylor Rule: Estimating Central Bank Preferences Combining Topic and Scaling Methods'' with Will Lowe. Paper prepared for Monetary Policy and Central Banking, Princeton, March 2015. Paper presented at APSA Political Communication Pre-Conference, September 2015. (invited to Re-submit at Political Science Research and Methods)

``Committees and Distortionary Vagueness'' with Colin Krainin. Paper prepared for Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, April 2016.

Papers in Progress

``They Could Have Been Contenders: A Power-Sharing Explanation for Central Bank Independence in Transition Countries'' with Julia Gray and Jakob Willisch. 

Manuscripts in Progress:

Crafting Consensus: Why Central Bankers Change their Speech and how Speech Changes the Economy (Under Contract, Oxford University Press, In Revisions)

Competitive Grants and Awards:

Mercator Fellow, Collaborative Research Ceneter 884: Political Economy of Reforms, 10,000 EUR.
``Collaborative Research Centre 884: Political Economy of Reforms.'' Project C4 with project P.I.'s Thomas Gschwend, Heiner Stuckenschmidt and Nicole Baerg (Mercator Follow) 547,200 EUR & Project B6 with project P.I.'s Carsten Trenkler, Simone Paolo Ponzetto, and Nicole Baerg (Mercator Follow) 410,400 EUR. 
MZES Project “Signaling Good Governance” University of Mannheim. 47,000 EUR
Anreizprogramm zur Berufungl Einstellung von Frauen an den Hochschulen des Landes Baden Wurttemberg. 47,500 EUR
Lehrprogramm fur Juniorprofessuren, University of Mannheim. 10,000 EUR 
``Collaborative Research Centre 884: Political Economy of Reforms. Project C4: Measuring a Common Space and the Dynamics of Reform Positions'', Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)- Project Co-PI with Thomas Gschwend, Heiner Stuckenschmidt and Will Lowe and associate project members Sven-Oliver Proksch and James Lo. 372,000 EUR
Rabin Scholarship for Peace and Tolerance. Truman Center for Peace and Tolerance, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 10,000 USD
Tam Center for Jewish Studies Research and Travel Grant, Emory University. 1,500 USD

Invited Talks, Conference Presentations, and Posters:

American Political Science Association, San Francisco, 2017.
PoliInfomatics Workshop, University of Washington, 2017.
European Political Science Association, Milan, 2017.
Bank of Japan's Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, 2017.
School Seminar Talk, University of Kobe, Kobe, 2017. 
Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, 2017.
Inequality and Fairness, Political Economy of Reforms, Mannheim, 2016.
European Political Science Association Meeting, Brussels, 2016.
Amsterdam Text Analysis Conference, Amsterdam, 2016.
IPE Speakers Series, London School of Economics, London, 2016.
``Virtual IPES'' International Political Economy Society, September 2015. 
APSA Political Communication Pre-Conference, September 2015.
Monetary Policy and Central Banking, Princeton, February 2015.
Southern Economic Association Meeting, Atlanta, November 2014.
American Political Science Association Meeting, Washington, D.C., September, 2014.
Crisis, Institutions, and Banking Union, Berlin, Germany, June 2014.
GDG Speakers Series at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, May 2014.
Society for Labor Economics, Arlington, VA, May 2014
The Politics of Debt, University of Tel Aviv, Israel, January 2014.
Speaker Series, University of California at Merced, CA, November 2013.
International Political Economy Society meeting, Claremont, CA, October 2013.
Visions in Methodology, Florida State University, FL, March 2013.
Faculty Seminar, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya, Israel 2012.
Research Seminar Series, Bank of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel, October, 2012.
American Political Science Association Meeting, New Orleans, LA., September, 2012
Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, IL., May, 2010.
Southern Economic Association Meeting, Washington D.C., November, 2008.
International Political Economy Society Meeting, Stanford University, November, 2007.
ESRC Research Methods Festival, Oxford University, England, 2006.
Political Economy of Currency Unions in a Globalizing World, Jerusalem, Israel, 2006.
International Studies Association Meeting, San Diego, 2006.


Text as Data, University of Essex, (Summer 2017).
Zurich Summer School for Women in Political Methodology,  (Summer, 2017).
Document Classification and Machine Learning Workshop, University of Glasgow (Spring 2017).
EITM Europe Summer School: Text categorization and classification (Summer 2016).
Graduate: Introduction to International Political Economy, Political Economy.
Undergraduate: The EU and the Politics of Economic Policy Making (co-taught with Mark Hallerberg), Introduction to International Political Economy, Methods for International Relations, International Organizations: Money and Finance.

Other Employment Experience:

Intern, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Research Department, Atlanta, USA., 2008 to 2013 
Program Assistant, Emory University’s European Politics Summer Study Abroad Program, Berlin, Germany, 2010, 2011, 2012.
International Data Support Officer, University of Manchester, England, 2006 to 2007.
Data Lab Assistant, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2004 to 2006.

Professional Activities and Service:      

Visions in Methodology (VIM): Mentoring co-Chair

Dissertation Committee Supervisor or Committee Member: Jakob Willisch (Supervisor), Brittney Bolin (Member), Sonja Pohle (Member)

Postdoc Students: Colin Krainin, Ph.D., Jason Eichorst, Ph.D. 

Student MA Thesis: Alyssa Taylor, Brittney Bolin, Guido Ropers, Defne Altiok, Torben Schütz 

Reviewer: American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, International Interactions, International Studies Quarterly, Israel Science Foundation, Journal of International Development,  Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Political Research Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly.

Conference Organization: Computational Linguistics in Political Science: What Have You Done for Me Lately Workshop Co-chair (with Will Lowe). October 31 to November 1, 2014 at the University of Mannheim and Joint MZES-SFB Workshop: Political Forecasting. December 18, 2015 at the University of Mannheim.

Statistical and Computer Skills:

R, Python, Natural Language Processing

Language Proficiency:

English (native), French (A2), German (A2), Hebrew (A1)


Prof. Mark Hallerberg, Ph.D.,
Department of Political Science, Hertie School of Governance, Friedrichstraße 180, Berlin,

Prof. Dr. Thomas Bräuninger,
Department of Political Science, 
University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany. 

Dr. Will Lowe, Senior Research Specialist
Department of Politics, Princeton University, 130 Corwin Hall, Princeton, USA.

Dr. Drew Linzer
Berkley, California.