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I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. 

My research focuses on how the structure of organizations or institutions affects collective problem solving, and the use of mixed-methods research in social science. In the context of collective problem solving, my research utilizes experimental methods to study how groups solve tasks that involve both coordination and cooperation. In particular, I am interested in how the network of communication between the individuals in a group can influence the group’s ability to solve collective problems. I also study how to best conduct research at the intersection of quantitative, qualitative, and experimental research, and I am currently working on a book manuscript that integrates these different methods within the potential outcomes framework of causality. 

I have published a book about mixed-methods research and causal mechanisms with Cambridge University Press and articles in numerous journals, including Social Networks, American Politics Research, Sociological Methods and Research, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and Public Choice. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and was previously a professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California. 

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    2220 Watkins Hall
    900 University Avenue
    Riverside CA
    nweller@ucr.edu