Chris Achen's research interest is in political methodology, particularly in its application to empirical democratic theory, American politics, and international relations. He is the author of two books, Interpreting and Using Regression and The Statistical Analysis of Quasi-Experiments, co-author of a third, Cross-Level Inference, and co-editor of a fourth book, The European Union Decides. His two most recent books are Democracy for Realists with Larry Bartels (which won international awards) and The Taiwan Voter, coedited with T. Y. Wang. He is currently working on new tools for analyzing multiparty elections (with Won-ho Park) and on the empirical failures of institutions for deliberative democracy. He was the first president of the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and Princeton's Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. He received the first career achievement award from The Political Methodology Section of The American Political Science Association in 2007. He is also the recipient of an award from the University of Michigan for lifetime achievement in training graduate students.
Achen received his Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University and a BA from the University of California Berkeley, magna cum laude.