Stanford Experts

Adam Bonica

Associate Professor of Political Science




Adam Bonica’s research is at the intersection of data science and politics, including money in politics, campaigns and elections, judicial politics, and political methodology.

His main dissertation project developed a new methodology for measuring the ideology of political actors using campaign finance records. By leveraging a large-scale database of contributions made to campaigns at every level of American politics, the method is able to recover a unified set of ideological measures for not only elected legislators but also for challengers, presidential and gubernatorial candidates, judicial candidates, ballot measures and other campaigns, as well as thousands of political organizations and millions of individual donors.