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Political Scientist, ISSR Scholar Bruce Desmarais Focuses on Computational Social Science

“If you had asked me when I graduated from high school what I would be doing a decade later, I never would have said ‘college professor,’” says Asst. Prof. Bruce Desmarais (political science). But as his college career at Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) developed, Desmarais became captivated with the social sciences and teaching. Today his research focuses on political methodology, American politics, and an emerging cross-disciplinary field, Computational Social Science. And as an inaugural Research Scholar with the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), he is learning the ins and outs of applying for major grants that will help him raise that research to the next level.

At ECSU Desmarais started off as a physical education major and had little sense of what he wanted to do with himself. Soon, however, his gen-eds in political science, economics and sociology captured his attention. “Being able to systematically deconstruct and analyze human affairs fascinated me,” he says. It didn’t take long for Desmarais to become a double major in economics and political science. By then he was totally convinced that social science research should represent a substantial proportion of the daily activities related to whatever career he chose.

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