Clearing 2021

Dr Akitaka Matsuo

Postdoctoral Fellow (Institute for Analytics and Data Science)
Department of Government
Dr Akitaka Matsuo



I am Postdoctoral Fellow in Institute for Analytics and Data Science (IADS) at University of Essex. Before joining IADS, I was a Research Fellow in Data Science in Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I earned my Ph.D in political science at Rice University in 2012. For more information, please visit my website

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • The Politics of Modern China (GV523)

  • Data for Social Data Science (GV918)


Journal articles (5)

Matsuo, A. and Lee, S., (2018). Multi-dimensional Policy Preferences in the 2015 British General Election: A Conjoint Analysis. Electoral Studies. 55, 89-98

Lee, S. and Matsuo, A., (2018). Decomposing political knowledge: What is confidence in knowledge and why it matters. Electoral Studies. 51, 1-13

Benoit, K., Watanabe, K., Wang, H., Nulty, P., Obeng, A., Müller, S. and Matsuo, A., (2018). quanteda: An R package for the quantitative analysis of textual data. Journal of Open Source Software. 3 (30), 774-774

Amador Diaz Lopez, JC., Collignon-Delmar, S., Benoit, K. and Matsuo, A., (2017). Predicting the Brexit Vote by Tracking and Classifying Public Opinion Using Twitter Data. Statistics, Politics and Policy. 8 (1)

Fukumoto, K. and Matsuo, A., (2015). The Effects of Election Proximity on Participatory Shirking: The Staggered-Term Chamber as a Laboratory. Legislative Studies Quarterly. 40 (4), 599-625

Grants and funding



Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board)



Colchester Campus