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Professor Weller’s 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, his research utilizes experimental methods to study how groups solve tasks that involve both coordination and cooperation. In particular, he is interested in how the network of communication between the individuals in a group can influence the group’s ability to solve collective problems. He also studies how to best conduct research at the intersection of quantitative, qualitative, and experimental research, and is currently working on a book manuscript that integrates these different methods within the potential outcomes framework of causality. He has 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. Professor Weller received his 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.