Nicholas Dietrich

Assistant Professor of Data Analytics


  • B.A., The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University


Nick Dietrich began teaching data analytics at Ohio Wesleyan in 2020. He is broadly interested in using data to study human behavior, with a particular focus on international human rights. Some of his research projects analyze human rights violations that went temporarily unreported, examine media bias in political violence reporting, and evaluate how people assess allegations of human rights abuses with incomplete information. His approach to data science emphasizes applied skills, critical thinking about how information is generated, and the social and ethical consequences of data analysis.


  • 2021 Nick Dietrich. “Explaining Support for International Action Against Human Rights Abusers.” Journal of Human Rights 40(4): 413–430.
  • 2021 Glenn Palmer, Roseanne W. McManus, Vito D’Orazio, Michael R. Kenwick, Mikaela Karstens, Chase Bloch, Nick Dietrich, Kayla Kahn, Kellan Ritter, and Michael J. Soules. “The MID5 Dataset, 2011–2014: Procedures, Coding Rules, and Description.” Forthcoming at Conflict Management and Peace Science.
  • 2020 Nick Dietrich and Kristine Eck. “Known Unknowns: Media Bias in the Reporting of Political Violence.” International Interactions 46(6): 1043–1060.
  • 2019 Nick Dietrich and Charles Crabtree. “Domestic Demand for Human Rights: Free Speech and the Freedom–Security Trade-Off.” International Studies Quarterly 63(2): 346–353.
  • 2018 Kevin Reuning and Nick Dietrich. “Media Coverage, Public Interest, and Support in the 2016 Republican Invisible Primary.” Perspectives on Politics 17(2): 326–339.