About Me

I am a first year Ph.D. student in comparative politics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Originally from Massachusetts, I spent most of my life prior to coming to Madison in New England. I received a BA in Government and a BA in Astrophysics from Colby College in Waterville, Maine in 2020. In addition to a social science background, having experience with the physical sciences has exposed me to quantitative training and has helped build a strong background in mathematics.


I studied physics and astronomy while undergrad. Here is a picture of the moon I took through the eyepiece of a tripod telescope.

Outside of studying political science, I enjoy reading, playing ultimate frisbee (pictured), spending time with family and friends, and running. I am happy to talk about any of these as well as political science! Feel free to contact me at ethan.vanderwilden@wisc.edu or on twitter at @e_vanderwilden for whatever reason!