Evangeline Reynolds

Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor

University of Denver, Korbel School of International Studies


Welcome. I am a Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. I’ve previously lectured at the Technische Universität Dresden’s Center for International Studies and have consulted on a project with the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California Davis. My PhD is from the University of Illinois, where my dissertation won 2018 Burkholder Award for Best Dissertation in the Political Science department of the University of Illinois.

I study effectiveness of international institutions and law especially in the area of security. More broadly, my areas of study have been International Relations, Methodology, and Comparative Politics with an emphasis on Latin American Politics. My dissertation focused on compliance with supranational law, using UN Security Council resolutions as my principle case; I conducted dissertation field research in Brazil in the Federal House of Deputies.

I have extensive experience in data analysis and teaching data science. I worked as a statistics consultant, at the Applied Technologies of the Arts and Science (ATLAS), at the University of Illinois from 2013-2015. I also served “Methods TA” in Political Science in the 2015-2016 academic year at the University of Illinois, providing assistance and expertise both to undergraduate and graduate students. At TU Dresden, in 2018, I designed and taught a course introducing students to data science tools and statistical analysis for political research. I primarily teach methodology and data science courses at the Korbel School. Research interests in methodology include communicating uncertainty, visual exposition of statistical concepts and electoral rules.

I have been awarded the Fulbright Fellowship (Argentina 2008), Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (2009-2011), Nelle Signor Travel Fellowship (Brazil 2011) and have participated in specialized workshops including the Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (2010), Public Policy and Nuclear Threats (2013), the Berkeley Institute for Transparency in the Social Sciences (2015) workshops, the Zurich Summer School for Women in Political Methodology (2017), and the Lorentz Workshop: Empirical Research on International Organizations (2018).

Previously to my academic career, I’ve worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security in chemical and biological export controls and have worked in lithium-ion battery failure diagnostics at the Chemical Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory.


  • Computational Social Science
  • International Law and Compliance
  • Causal Inference
  • Data Visualization


  • PhD in Political Science, 2016

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • Masters of Political Science, 2010

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • BS in Chemistry, Spanish, 2004

    Wheaton College




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Stats Viz

An original collection of statistical visualizations to clarify concepts

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Dynamic Documents and Reproducibility

What are project organization best practices? Discussion will emphasize on dynamic documents with the aim of getting participants up …

A ggplot2 grammar guide

Explaining the grammar of graphics visualization philosophy and using ggplot2, its implementation in R

The three Rs: R, Rmarkdown, and Reproducibility

Building a framework for a transparent and reproducible workflow within the R/RStudio ecosystem

Shallow Fakes

Assessing the potential for spoofing and faking in data visualization and what to do about it

RI for IR

Randomization Inference in International Relations Research: Generating Synthetic International Institutions for Inference and Model …

Recent Publications

Attitudes toward Consent-Based and Non-Consent-Based International Law in a Regional Power Context

International legal scholars have identified and argued for and against new forms of non-consent-based international law. We study …

Foreign aid funnel? A placebo-based assessment of aid flows to non-permanent United Nations Security Council members

A number of recent studies have found that temporary members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) experience increased foreign …

Recent Posts

Slow ggplot

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Layered Presentation of Graphics, revised

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Wide data to long using the tidyverse (tidyr's gather function)

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